August 12, 2016
By Grazie Pozo Christie Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia , is a rich and complex document about marriage and family - both the noble Christian ideals and the troubled and broken ways we too often experience them. Many have interpreted the exhortation's merciful tone toward Catholics who are in "irregular" situations as a seismic shift in Church teaching about sexuality and marriage (toward a "modern" sexually liberal outlook). They have been brought back to reality by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who has published pastoral guidelines on Amoris for the priests of his parish.
July 27, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been married for almost three years to a woman who refuses to share the same bed with me. It started on our honeymoon when, after having sex, she chose to sleep in a different bed whenever there were two beds in the room. She's in her late 40s and had never been married before. We have been intimate only twice in the last year. Moreover, she doesn't let me sit next to her while we watch TV, and there is no kissing, no touching, no affection of any kind, physical or verbal.
March 8, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I caught my husband cheating. We've started couple's counseling. The counselor told him he needed to let me ask all my questions about the affair, and we had that conversation at home. I do feel better now, but he was evasive on a few of the questions: "Did you tell her you loved her?" (he dodged, unconvincingly), and, "Who initiated the affair?" (he doesn't know I know it was a lie to say she did). How much of a red flag is this?
July 11, 2015 |
Fate hasn't exactly been kind to Percival Wills (Leon Cain) or Steven Ray (Steve Mouzakis), two lost souls mired in despair who meet and befriend each other in The Suicide Theory , a razor-dark buddy dramedy from Australian director Dru Brown. Percival lost his will to live three years earlier when his lover, Chris, was savagely murdered. His depression and feelings of worthlessness reach an all-time nadir when he comes to learn from hard experience that he's such a failure, he can't even kill himself properly.
May 17, 2015 |
Rob Garfield knows he is fighting an uphill battle. He has written an important book about men, friendship, and emotional intimacy, and he knows most men aren't inclined to buy such books. In fact, most books are bought by women, and unless they are especially concerned about the welfare of the men in their lives, they, too, may not be as responsive as they should to a book with the title Breaking the Male Code - Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolation for a Longer, Happier Life.
March 12, 2014 |
"Public intimacy" is social media's contribution to our oxymoronic life, but guitarists have grappled with the concept since the first one faced an audience. The instrument draws the heart into the fingertips, which bare the greatest intimacy in a whisper of sound. Place the guitar in front of an orchestra of 60, and logic - and intimacy - may vanish completely. Amplification has balanced those forces, particularly in recordings, and the guitar has gathered a bundle of concertos that revel in the sonorities of plucked strings, exuberant brass, and richly carpeted strings.
January 6, 2014 |
Spike Jonze's films to date - Being John Malkovich (1999) and Adaptation (2002), from screenplays by Charlie Kaufman , and Where the Wild Things Are (2009), from the Maurice Sendak classic picture book - are marked by deadpan humor tinged with surreal whimsy. (Next elevator stop: Floor 71/2, where all the workers stoop and hunch over.) But there's an underlying sadness there, too. In Her , which Jonze also wrote and which opens Friday in area theaters, that sadness is palpable.
February 15, 2013 |
Question: Six years ago, I got involved with a guy. It was brief, intense and ended terribly, with me devastated and hurt. I never received any acknowledgement that he'd been so callous. Anyway, I wouldn't get involved with him again if he wanted to - not out of spite, just lack of interest - but I find myself resentful of his apparent happiness. He was recently married, and I keep thinking, "Why does he get to have that happiness and I don't?" This, coming from an existentialist, who doesn't believe in things like karma.
January 15, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Do you think I have to disclose to my friends, relatives, dates, etc., that I'm on antidepressants? It's likely to change my relationships in some ways (I hope for the better), so I feel these people deserve an explanation, but I'm afraid I'm going to feel judged, whether or not anyone is actually judging me. What do you think? Answer: Friends, no, relatives, no, dates, no ... until you get to the point where you think things are on a serious, committed path.
October 18, 2012 |
Rana Walker had recently finished breast cancer chemotherapy and was healing from a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery when she first laid eyes on him. Kevin Savage was tall, good-looking, and 13 years younger. He had come to her aid when she was lost in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As Savage, a telemetry technician, guided her through the long corridors, Walker, 45, never thought he was doing anything but being helpful. At the time, dating wasn't exactly at the forefront of her mind.