Category Archives: Personal Finances

Children and Your Relationship

We have often heard people say that they would do anything for their children or that as long as their children are happy they are happy.  While we would do anything reasonable for our children including giving our lives for … Continue reading

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The Politics of Money – at Home

Our house is 16 years old and this week we were faced with issues of replacement of some of the original HVAC equipment in the house.  Our AC was dying and expensive to repair, the furnace might have been OK … Continue reading

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De-germ your relationship

As winter approaches many get more concerned with the presence of germs in their lives.  Closed houses keep germs inside and thus we get more colds and perhaps the flu. So we are encouraged to wash our hands more and … Continue reading

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Are Electronics and the Internet Good for your Marriage?

It is not unusual to see articles about how technology has changed our lives.  Many of them involve complaints about the problems it creates.  Stories bemoan the negative effects of driving while on a cell phone, teenagers spending hours texting … Continue reading

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Things We Learned About Vacationing

Since many families take a summer vacation this month, a few thoughts about things we’ve learned from vacationing ourselves, or from observing others, might be in order.  We’ve tried to order them but the order has no great significance. Are … Continue reading

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Marriage Thoughts from an Ordination Homily

This weekend we attended the wedding of Bob’s niece in Ohio.  On the car ride home yesterday we were tired of all the radio stations and music we were listening to and tuned into Catholic Radio.  Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s weekly … Continue reading

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Marriage & the Seven Deadly Sins

Yesterday I (Bob) was rereading Anthony Marinelli’s short book, Conscience & Catholic Faith in connection with a project I am working on and came to a section on sin and virtue.  The sins and virtues we find in the Bible … Continue reading

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Teenagers’ Questions about Marriage

Yesterday we spent the day talking to the freshman religion classes at St. Viator High School. We have both taught there and their teachers asked us to come back to speak to them about marriage as part of their study … Continue reading

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“He didn’t say which Christmas”

(Rita) We usually agree on decorating and have the ability to discuss time frames and budgets for fix-it jobs around the house.  Bob is a wonderful handyman and can do just about everything there is to do in home repair.  … Continue reading

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Avoiding the 25-year Itch

In the August 2012 issue of U.S. Catholic, Wendy Donahue has an article:  The 25-year itch:  Empty nesters and the second half of marriage.  Ms Donahue cites a paper, “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” co-authored by Susan Brown.  She quotes: “Brown … Continue reading

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