I've long thought that they teach us all the wrong things in school. While I love knowing that the mitochondria is the "powerhouse of the cell," I also wish I'd learned other subjects that would make me less successful at cellular biology, perhaps, but more successful at plain old life. Off the top of my head, stuff like: How to balance a checkbook, get a mortgage, start a Rolodex right away, when you're way too young to think about such a thing. And while we're at it, how about a course on love? How to find it, how to keep it, and how to keep it interesting. I guess that's why, out of all the relationship books piled up in Tango's personal Tower of Babel, I plucked out Happiness for Two: 75 Secrets for Finding More Joy Together, by Alexandra Stoddard.
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Our country ’tis of thee has a few dirty little secrets.
For the record, I'm in a relationship. So how did I spend hours of my weekend perusing the cute and not-so-cute prospects—between the ages of 30 and 40, within 50 miles of Portland, Maine—on match.com? Simple, I was helping a friend in need. With their newly launched match-a-friend program, Match.com invites you to do the heavy lifting for pals who may be flirting with the idea of online dating, but still harbor latent doubts. You know, those who seize up at the thought of profile-writing. The ones who have no cute pictures. And the friends who will use any pretext to prevent them from actual meeting eligible guys. Ahem.
Tango will be the first to admit that there aren’t too many outlets for women thinking about, navigating or getting over a divorce, so we’re glad to see a solid web site devoted to those very topics. firstwivesworld.com offers women a place to get informed, connect, and more important, vent. The New York Times just published a piece on the site, as well as its New York City gatherings. Check it out here.
While “Juno” lost out to “Sweeney Todd” for the Best Musical or Comedy Golden Globe at last night’s ceremony…er, press conference, the comic tale of a 16 year old who becomes pregnant has had America talking not only about the film’s wit but its unintentional pro-life undertone. The New York Times ran an opinion piece yesterday exploring Juno’s “fairy tale” message of an unwanted pregnancy with a happy, carefree ending vs. the reality of what this means, physically and psychologically, for women, specifically teenagers.
Baby it’s cold outside…and inside your heart.
Are you keeping score? Something thinks you are...
Cast your vote for the best scene in your ’hood.
For parents uncomfortable with the idea of wondering -- let alone asking -- about their teenager’s sexual habits, researchers have stepped in. A 24-country study of 34,000 adolescents revealed that anywhere from 14 to 38 percent of 15 year olds have had sex. The numbers varied from country to country, as did the teens’ proclivity to use contraception. While only 53 percent of Swedish teens reported condom use, 82 percent of all sexually active subjects reported that they protect themselves with condoms and/or birth control pills. One Columbia University researcher noted to Reuters that pregnancy rates were lowest in countries like the Netherlands that strongly accept teenage contraceptive use and "are insuring adolescent access to contraception and sex education."