From The New York Times By Alan Schwarz ANNAPOLIS, Md., March 9 — The night that Sylvia Mackey and Eleanor Perfetto first met, back in October at a Baltimore Ravens reception for former National Football League players and their families, their connection was immediate. As she sat on a couch with her husband, Mrs. Mackey watched Dr. Perfetto cradle the hand of her husband as he blankly shuffled across the floor toward the Mackeys. “Your husband has dementia,” Mrs. Mackey said. “Yours does, too,” Dr. Perfetto replied. “We both just knew,” Dr. Perfetto recalled on Friday, when the two visited the assisted-living facility where Dr. Perfetto’s husband, Ralph Wenzel, resides. Mrs. Mackey quickly added, “You can see it in the wives’ faces just like the husbands’.” Read More… Tango’s Take
From Starpulse.com Jennifer Garner has blamed her "unrealistic expectations" of romance on her split from first husband Scott Foley. The star, whose three-year marriage to Foley ended in 2003, admits she was upset when she realized he wasn't her 'knight in shining armor' - but believes the experience has helped change her outlook on love for the better. Read More… Tango’s Take We all have our weaknesses. Communication and compassion are the keys to overcoming those weaknesses. Let’s hope that Scott Foley does not take this as impetus to write a book titled, “Managing Unrealistic Expectations, the Guide to Dating Scott Foley.”
From the LA Times By Alexandra Zavis BAGHDAD — For Ali and Noura, love blossomed in an Internet chat room. Both were young, educated, devout Sunni Muslims who shared a passion for Jim Carrey movies and Arabic love tunes. For months, they chatted online obsessively. As the friendship deepened, she shyly agreed to a webcam meeting. But their relationship was doomed from the start: He lives in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood of east Baghdad; she is across the Tigris River in the city's war-torn west. It was out of the question that they should ever meet. "It seemed like a pointless relationship," says Ali, who now refers to Noura as "my ex-Internet girlfriend." He stopped responding to her messages and she eventually stopped sending them. Read More… (requires free registration) Tango’s Take
From the New York Times By JENNIFER ALSEVER NOT getting any online dates? Maybe it’s time for an online makeover. Businesses like Dating-Profile.com, ProfileHelper.com and E-Cyrano.com say they will help turn a stale personal profile for dating Web sites into eloquent and catchy advertisements, writing the words for you. They will even help clients sift through prospective dates and start an initial e-mail conversation. Depending on the company and the services used, prices may range from $39 to $2,000. Other companies, like LookBetterOnline.com and SingleShots.com, sell professional photo shoots and retouching of existing pictures for people to post online.
From BBC News More and more couples in the US are ordering separate master bedrooms in their new homes to help ensure a more harmonious marriage, research suggests. A survey by the National Association of Home Builders has predicted that by 2015, 60% of custom-built homes will have two master bedroom suites. The quest for better rest is behind the trend as experts say the lack of decent sleep can cause marital tension. Read More… Tango’s Take This article has been reposted in a handful of places but it’s funny for the BBC to report on this. A bit of schadenfreude anyone? As in, “Oh, those poor, dreadful, oversexed yanks need a bit of quiet time for sleep. Maybe they should’ve thought about that before dumping gobs of our tea into Boston harbor, savages.”
March 12, 2007 -- DJ AM is once again without a starlet by his side. Friends of Mandy Moore said the singer/actress has kicked the DJ to the curb and is single again. AM, real name Adam Goldstein, used to date Nicole Richie, and after they broke up, told friends he needed to date another high-profile person because his ratings were plummeting. Read More… Tango’s Take First Mandy dumps Vince on Entourage and now she drops DJ AM. While this is not news in its own right, the quote about him needing a high-profile girlf is telling. People have always used romance for career and financial progress (it more or less accounts for the sum of the history of civilization) but it is still distasteful to us. Some things are sacred or are supposed to be. Well shame on them.
From FORTUNE Magazine By Daniel Pepper, Fortune (FORTUNE Magazine) -- Every day in the congested northern Indian city of Allahabad, mothers amble nervously through the entrance of Shaadi Point to talk to Kiran Chowla. They come clutching studio portraits of their sons and daughters in suits and saris, and with pages of profiles listing religion, caste, star sign, skin color, and income level. "Love?" asks Chowla, 54, removing her spectacles and raising her eyebrows. "It is a feeling of the heart, and it comes with association." Association - the web-based kind - is what Chowla offers her clients. Her shop, one of 130 such franchises in India, is a storefront version of the country's top matrimony Web site, Shaadi.com.
From itv.com A 43-year-old man involved in a bitter divorce has taken the law into his own hands by chainsawing the family home in two, German police said. Police in the eastern town of Sonneberg said the trained mason measured the single-storey summer house before chainsawing through the wooden roof and walls. Read More… Tango’s Take This German must have misread the story of King Solomon. We’re not experts on German divorce law, but they probably do not have that in mind when they divide assets. Let’s hope that they don’t own a boat together.
From the Malaysia Sun A Malaysian court sentenced a woman of Indian origin to pay 10,000 ringgit ($2,850) in damages for her part in breaking up the marriage of her lover, a news report said Friday. Kerpal Kaur was made to pay the sum to Kamlesh Mangal, the ex-wife of her lover, after an appeals court found her guilty of having an affair with dentist Shudesh Kumar, leading to the breakdown of his marriage. Shudesh, 61, was also ordered to pay damages amounting to 115,000 ringgit ($32,857) plus a 1,000 ringgit ($286) monthly maintenance to his ex-wife, the Star daily said. Read more… Tango’s Take