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I clean up for you. Do you clean up for ...

I clean up for you. Do you clean up for me?

Can we get honest about housekeeping? Idon’tlikeit. I wish I had a habit of picking up after myself every day but I never cultivated the practice. While my parents begged/nagged/threatened me through childhood when it came to neatening up my room, I never really rose above “fire hazard” on the cleanliness-is-next-to-godliness scale. When I visit my peers’ homes, they are so...

Big Announcement…

Big Announcement…

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (5.6MB) I have way too much make-up on.  Nope, that’s old news. Here’s a hint: Pearl encrusted thong. Still not sure?  Listen to find out more. Impatient?  Then check this out. Addendum, from Robyn: Cathleen, I can see why Peter fell in love with you. It’s your natural beauty. x...

Being married to me must be exhausting

Being married to me must be exhausting

Last night, I was still up at 2:30 in the morning helping Jim on a art project he’s completing. My bedtime is usually somewhere between 10:30-11pm, so I was really pushing the envelope. And while every cell in my body was begging for bed, I wanted to give him my time and energy in the same way he has whenever I’ve needed his input. Most of my work is project/deadline based. I’m...

Check out this little piece of fire

Check out this little piece of fire

5 year old girl sets the ground rules for her future husband. (Youtube)

Listen…and participate too!

Listen…and participate too!

Doesn’t the title sound like it’s going to be a brilliant post on communicating with our spouses? It’s not. It’s all about shameless self-promotion. Cathleen and I are going to be doing a live interview with Stacey Stern later today (2p CST/3p EST) and if you’re able to listen, you can also call in and ask us questions. Here’s the link to listen to...

I feel guilty, but I need my space (no, ...

I feel guilty, but I need my space (no, not MySpace)

So, Jim is taking a long time leaving the house this morning. There’s some major foot dragging happening. He’s already missed a couple buses on the schedule. Mondays, especially cold, dreary, gray ones, can be supertough to find motivation. I adore the guy and I always want to see more of him. However…because our home becomes my office as soon as he steps out of the...

Jeanne T. Arrigo rocks the stage and her...

Jeanne T. Arrigo rocks the stage and her marriage / Free CD Giveaway!

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.7MB) Cathleen and I have interviewed many married authors, filmmakers, performers and other artists who keep their creative careers very separate from their relationships. Insulating their creative lives from their partners keeps the peace under their roofs. On the other hand, we tend to bring everything home — we talk out our ideas,...

Vacation recommendations

Vacation recommendations

No winter coat required today.  Already a balmy 50 degrees in New York, I can smell the arrival of spring like a just-opened jar of minced garlic.  Mild, sunny days like today are life preservers to those, such as myself, drowning in winter doldrums and seasonal affective inertia.  As if waking from a five month coma, fractured memories flood my cerebral cortex of summer dresses and...

Love is…

Love is…

…having your hubster escort you to your colonoscopy and treat it like you’re going on a fun date. It’s early morning. I haven’t eaten in 36 hours. Even without my hypoglycemia, my tingly head would be filled with air. I think I might know what it feels like to be one of my cats. It’s such a relief to know I can trust Jim completely to take care of me. I don’t have to...

Not Your Mother’s Marriage

Not Your Mother’s Marriage

Today I’m asking a simple question: Has marriage been liberated? A hastily slopped together time line for your reference: 1960′s – The Feminine Mystique 1970′s – Equal Rights Amendment 1980′s – Mrs. Huxtable 1990′s – Lilith Fair 2000′s – Same Sex Marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and...

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