Marriage is Hard

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I know; the only readers shocked by this headline are those who are not yet married and who were raised on a steady diet of Disney princess movies.

But this column is not intended to scare anyone away. I hope it has the opposite effect, that it helps some of you standing on the edge of the pool, wondering whether to take the plunge. I also hope it helps some of you considering climbing out of the pool altogether.

Recently a young ...

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Lessons I Learned in ‘The Big House’

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Just last week Greg Little, Editor of the Standard-Journal, and I were swapping stories of where we had lived and worked. I was surprised when he shared some observations about his experience working in correctional facilities. I have to say that I learned some valuable lessons while teaching parenting classes in Lompoc Federal Penitentiary.

My family and I lived almost 17 years on California’s beautiful Central Coast, nestled on the water between Santa Barbara and Monterey. I had been teaching parenting ...

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