Les and Henrietta

ChauvenistLes was an old river rat who learned how to craft a life out of little wealth or conventional experience.

Henrietta, his wife, was a good partner because she was just as tough and creative as Les was. Sadly, Les did not treat Henrietta with the respect she was due. Like when she called up to Les while he was roofing a house, asking for some money to purchase shoes for herself. Not wanting to leave his perch, Les wadded up dollar bills and threw them down at her making her look like a bird hunting for worms. Continue reading →

5 Secrets to a Healthy Marriage

Princess Bride PriestA few years ago I was sitting in a coffee shop not far from a 30-something friend of mine.

“Hey Bruce, how long have you and your wife been married?”

“Forty years.”

“Wow. That’s a long time.”

The brief conversation ended, and I went back to what I was doing. But not without reflecting on what had made it possible to live with the same person for that long. And now in the year of our upcoming 45th anniversary I’d like to suggest 5 of the secrets to that longevity. Continue reading →