Umbilical Cords are Hard to Cut!

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When our son was born the doctor generously offered to let me cut the umbilical cord connecting him to my wife. While that seemed like a lovely idea, I have to say that it was surprisingly tough, and a little on the gross side. So when our last child was born I graciously declined the do-it-yourself opportunity. (Perhaps had I known the doctor and hospital would charge $55,000 for the whole process I would have opted for the DIY route.)

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Yeah, Chris. You are the Mann!

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Sunday evening my wife called my attention to the lead article in Saturday’s Standard Journal. She pointed out that Chris Mann was the only member of the city council to oppose the recent proposal that Rexburg loosen liquor laws. “Props” to Mann for taking a stand that helps Rexburg to uphold its “American Family Community” values.

This column is not about politics, but is devoted to matters of family and mental health. Alcohol consumption is directly related to both.

While Ruth and ...

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Coming Apart Together

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Try as we might there are times that a marriage cannot be saved.

More specifically there are times and circumstances where one or both partners become convinced that they cannot/will not work together to create the type of family that meets the needs of its members. Perhaps divorce seems the best solution, dissolving the marriage and any legal obligations toward one another. In my experience, couples almost never divorce out of convenience but out of desperation.

I would argue that most marriages ...

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Great Dates for Empty Nesters

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It can be very difficult to step back and support adult children in leaving the nest to become independent and to begin creating their own families. It is particularly difficult if one is not deeply connected with, and attached to, one’s own marriage partner. After all, they have spent almost their entire adult lives focusing on meeting the needs of children to this point. Sometimes it can be a bit frightening to consider life where those children are not at ...

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How to Build a Picket Fence

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I am embarrassed to say that this week’s column almost didn’t make it. Brian, my good friend and partner in crime building electric guitars, invited me to work in his shop during the time I usually write the column, and I go so excited I entirely forgot about it. Greg Little, Editor of the Standard Journal, was kind enough to remind me and let me sneak it under the wire. Thanks, Greg. I owe you one!

Today I offer you some ...

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