Our partnership with Salon.com brings us Noah Charney and his story about marrying a Slovenian woman. Before the ceremony, he had to perform a series of tests of his manliness, including wielding an axe, sharpening a scythe and shaving bark off trees.
Mark Gerow was serving with the U.S. Air Force in Japan when he met a young woman named Naomi. Every time he entered Naomi’s house, her grandfather would leave, until one day the grandfather stayed, and told Gerow his story.
Ruth Morris’ father, Ian Morris, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2002. He fought it, but in the fall of 2008, the former runner and pilot realized he was going to die. He didn’t want to die in Boston, where he’d spent his last few years – he wanted to die in California, the place he knew as home. Ruth talks with Dick Gordon about how her family decided to drive a van across the country to help her dying father find the warmth and landscape he loved.
an Hass was facing his 40th birthday, taking stock, when he began to see how deeply he and his wife Mary were stuck in debt. Trying to work out a budget was a strain their marriage couldn't bear: they got divorced. Dan spent 18 months living by himself in an apartment. He did nothing other than pay down the debt.
Ame Gilbert studied fine arts, but when she got married and had children, she found her life defined by the kitchen. Fortunately she loved to cook. After she had children, cooking became her primary means of communicating with her husband.
Nadine York was on the way to visit her daughter and grandchildren the day after Christmas when she came across two indistinct figures in the fog. She stopped her car when she realized it was a pregnant woman and her little daughter, hitchhiking. Also: an international wedding crasher. And" the story of how a mom's creativity got Santa off the hook.
The tax deadline was yesterday. Clark Williams and his partner Jim always file their taxes, but this tax year they were presented with a challenge. They are a married, same-sex couple, so in California they file a joint return. But they had to file as singles for the federal return.
When Brad and Tonya Clement are asked the question “How did you two meet?,” they have quite an answer - on Mount Everest. Brad and Tonya were all business when their Everest expedition group first got together. With a ten percent death rate for those attempting to summit, they couldn’t afford any distractions.