Love happens when you least expect it. Just ask Betsey Carter; she never thought she'd fall in love again, but a bicycle accident showed her that she had found the one. "Over Labor Day weekend, he invited me to go on a bike ride with him. We pedaled through the countryside for about two hours. We stopped at a farm stand and bought a bunch of zinnias. We sang old camp songs, and, most of all, we laughed. Back on the main highway, we rode single file. I followed close enough behind him that when his front tire got stuck in a pothole and his bike slammed to the ground, I couldn't slow down enough to avoid crashing right into him." What happens next? Read on to find out.
Training Wheels | By Betsy Carter There is a time in everyone's life when bad luck heaps upon bad luck until you feel like a toxic-waste dump. After a succession of disasters involving a car accident, a house burning down, emergency surgery, and the breakup of my 17-year marriage, I worried that I’d become so toxic it was unsafe for other humans to be around me.
First comes love, then comes marriage—as any little girl can tell you. But what if that refrain drowns out the warnings on the way to the altar? Isabel Rose recalls her deliberate march toward marriage and motherhood—and away from her own happiness.
A stunning woman falls out of the pages of a lingerie catalog and into your arms. The velvet voice coming from the radio late at night really is crooning in your ear. But in the limelight, relationships tend to spontaneously combust—which is one reason why the 12-year marriage of three-time Grammy Award winner Harry Connick, Jr., and former Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre is—well, dreamy.
"He wasn't my type. We worked together, and he kept asking me to do things with him, in a collegial sort of way. But when my friends asked if he might be a romantic possibility, I assured them that he wasn’t my type at all. I had always been attracted to powerful older men—the kind who charm the pants off every woman they meet. You can imagine how well this worked out for me." He just wasn't her type; but she married him anyway. Upon their first meeting, Leslie Bennetts was convinced that her husband of 18 years was totally wrong for her. Years later, she marvels at how little she knew back then. Turns out, he was the one.
I just broke up with my boyfriend of three years, but he's still hoping we'll end up together. Neither of us is dating anyone new, so we still have "ex-sex" occasionally. He insists he can handle it emotionally, but is it wrong to continue when I have no intention of getting back together with him?
A single woman reflects on how her life when all her friends got engaged and married. "When, within six months, four members of my book club got engaged, I was confused. I mean, I knew what to say. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! But all I could think was: I thought we had a deal. It wasn't that I objected to the journey, but I hadn't packed yet. I am 25. I travel light. Were we really doing this? We were. Gift bags. Registry. Hospitality suite. Groom's cake. Morning jacket. Just like that, Book Club became Marriage Club. I didn't think it bothered me. I'd been in love with love since my sister and I designed Barbie and Ken's perfect date."
Too many couples have mediocre sex; and too few understand why. The first step is defining what bad sex is for you. And it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with orgasms. The next step is figuring out what's making it boring or unfulfilling and communicating that to your partner. But a little communication and sexual exploration can prevent it from being a total dealbreaker.
Too little money certainly stresses a relationship‚Äîbut too much money can be just as bad. Abby Ellin discusses why it‚Äôs hard to keep your balance on uneven financial turf.
My friends and I seem to take dating a lot more seriously than our mothers did. Perhaps too seriously. We obsess about every interaction, overanalyze each conversation. As much as we crave relationships, they also scare the everloving crap out of us because we have all seen what can happen when a woman makes the wrong choice… I think it's vital to spend a long time getting to know someone before you commit to a life with him. But the constant analysis doesn't leave a girl with much hope of walking into a room one day and being love-struck, the way my mother was. Or so I always thought.
If you've had it with crowded or costly New Year's Eve celebrations; Tango suggests scoping last-minute low fares to exciting new destinations. Here; we explore three potential places to start your year anew: Santa Fe, New Mexico, Lausanne, Switzerland or Riviera Maya, Mexico.
This holiday season give yourselves the ultimate gourmet gift: Stay in with your sweetheart; drink a bottle of champagne; and savor a decadent winter feast featuring lobster; truffles; and chocolate.
Worried that your partner is too high maintenance? Susan King suggests setting up guidelines for splitting household responsibilities so they're fairly split.
Bunking together is all fun and games‚Äîuntil somebody steals the covers. Here‚Äôs how to negotiate common bedroom quandaries and wake up happy. From sheets to comforters to sharing techniques; Lauren and Anne Purcell have got the goods on the best ways to sleep.
Vegas too cliche? YourTango lists the best places to get hitched. From Napa Valley to Niagara Falls to the beaches of Nantucket there are far more clever places to elope to than Sin City.