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Tales From the Front: She Tried to Sell Him the Brooklyn Bride One Time Too Many

Dear Cheryl: My wife is extremely outgoing with both men and women. She's always making new friends, and she works at keeping relationships with high school and college friends alive. But three things have been bothering me.

Issue No. 1: Several years ago, I found a man's cellphone number in my wife's cellphone. They had dated once many years ...Read more

And Now You Know the Rest of the Story

We recently met Jason and Andrea. They were the lawyers whose relationship turned from professional to personal after Jason's wife died.

They first met over 30 years ago, when they were on opposite sides of a case. Jason says he won the case. Andrea says she doesn't remember anything about it.

"I was a young lawyer working for someone else ...Read more

Tales From the Front: Once Again, Seinfeld Said It Best

Today's column proves one thing: Men and women can find each other anywhere -- at a car wash, at an airport and even at a funeral!

KYLE: Jeff, a friend, mentor and all-around great guy, died an untimely death. He was such a well-known guy that a two-day wake was necessary. While at the second night's gathering, I met Luann, who had known Jeff ...Read more

Tales from the Front: What to Save, What to Keep

Nobody bothers to fix things anymore. When they break, we toss them. Your computer is acting funky? Get a new one. Your washing machine is doing the cha-cha? Get a new one. Your TV is on the fritz? Get a new one before the Super Bowl or "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns.

But what about your family? If it's broke, do you repair it or replace it?

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Tales from the Front: Three's a Crowd

A few months after his wife died, Jason got a call from Andrea.

They're both lawyers -- she specializes in family law -- and had met many years ago when they'd tried a small case against each other.

"I won, but she doesn't recall that," says Jason.

Jason must have been mightily impressed with Andrea's legal skills, because after that, he ...Read more

Tales From the Front: Santa's Not the Only One Who Needs to Check His List

When they met, Nicole was 29. She was a single mother, working two or three jobs. She didn't date much; she was too busy or too tired. Jackson was 59, divorced with adult children.

He was kind and had all the characteristics of her ideal partner. He also had money and enjoyed spending it on her.

"When we first met, Jackson seemed like a ...Read more

Tales From the Front: Home Alone With Baby

Dear Cheryl: I've been with Jeb for more than 10 years. We've been married for six years and have a 1-year-old daughter. We have a fairly good marriage, except for one major problem: his need to go to a bar with his friends. On weeknights, he'll leave at 8 p.m. and be home by 1 a.m. On the weekends, he'll be home around 3 a.m. I've asked him to ...Read more

Tales From the Front: Sometimes in Vino, There's Just Vino

Dear Cheryl: I'm a 66-year-old Italian male who's in excellent shape and health. I work out religiously five days a week, ride my bike ride to the lake in the summer, lift weights, etc. I have strong shoulders, firm arms, most of my hair and teeth, and good skin. I'm considered attractive. I shower twice a day, use lotions and dress well. I like...Read more

Tales From the Front: She Saved Herself and Hopes Others Will, Too

Samantha married Chris when she was 16. Her parents did nothing to stop her.

"They never seemed to care what I did. I only lived 10 minutes from them, but my mother stopped by only once over three years -- and that was to borrow money."

It's no wonder that when Samantha left Chris after physical abuse, which included having cigarettes put out ...Read more

Tales from the Front: What happens when parents don't care

Today's column is a prequel.

Remember Samantha, who started dating Chris when she was 15 and he was 19? He was trouble from the start. He drank and had anger issues and mood swings. But he told her he loved her, and to her, that made it all right. When she turned 16, he got an apartment and moved her out of her parents' home.

"When my father ...Read more

How to Wash, Burn, Cut and Pumpkin Someone out of Your Life

In "South Pacific," Nellie Forbush says she's "gonna wash that man right outta (her) hair." Shampoo is one way to get rid of the thought of someone. So are scissors, fires and pumpkin stickers.

YASMINE: My ex-husband destroyed our wedding album when he left. He took all the photos of his family and individual pictures of himself. If I was in ...Read more

Do-it-Yourselfer Running out of Energy

You know how some women love a project? A closet to do over, a friend to make over, a bathroom to remodel. Well, Olivia was one of those nonstop do-it-yourselfers. But it her case, the project wasn't a room or a house. It was men.

"I have straightened up, molded, educated, reformed, enlightened and motivated my last nine serious boyfriends," ...Read more

Are Trust and Respect Possible After a Divorce? Are They Even Desirable?

Dear Cheryl: It's been a month since my divorce, a divorce caused by my ex-husband's cheating.

I barely talk to him, which is generally good. When we do talk, it's usually about our daughter. But we have said many nasty things to each other in the past. He started all of this to get under my skin. He keeps telling me how happy he is with his ...Read more


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