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Before There Were Emails, There Were Letters (600 Of Them)

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness: a couple in England who fell in love as teenagers writing letters back and forth during WWII is celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. Geoff and Pat Bunyan, now 83 and 82, became friends in 1945 shortly before Geoff was deployed to fight in the war. Over the next several years (Geoff remained overseas after the war ended to “clean up the mess”), the two sent a whopping 600 letters to each other, numbering each one to keep track of them. Though the letters began with a friendly tone, as the two shared stories and opened up to each other, their correspondence took a more romantic turn. Soon, they were proclaiming their love to one another, looking forward to the day Geoff would return to England and they could be together. When Geoff finally returned home in 1948 — three years after he left! — he married Pat and the two of them bought a house together, which they still live in to this day. Keep reading »

Oui, Y’all: Why Accents Are So Attractive

As if dating shows couldn’t get any worse, there’s a new addition to the primetime lineup this summer called “Dating in the Dark.” Maybe you’ve heard about it. Three men and three women court each other in a pitch-black room to find out if love is, in fact, blind. While I’m not racing to the next casting call, I do think I’ve figured out what my secret weapon would be: an accent. Who, I wonder, has never melted like chocolate in a warm hand at the sound of an exotic voice? Give me a nice Scottish brogue and those lights would never have to come on. Keep reading »

How To Be A Successful Cougar, According To Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox, as Shanté Smith, schooled us on the ways of putting a man in line in “Two Can Play that Game,” a rom-com released in 2001. Now, the 45-year-old is offering real-world advice for the other cougars out there because she knows all too well what it’s like to date a younger man. Vivica credits her young spirit for attracting younger men. After the jump, what she told OK! about keeping them… Keep reading »

Six Ways To Make Every Fight A Fair One

Let’s face it—fighting is one of the most terrible parts of a relationship. Nobody likes arguing with someone she cares about. Conflict resolution, however, is one of the most important parts of a relationship, and unfortunately the two things often go hand in hand. Disagreements are normal, whether they’re with a romantic partner, a friend, a work acquaintance, or a family member. The key to keeping all your relationships happy and well adjusted isn’t having fewer fights, it’s treating those you do have as small, manageable battles, not an all-out war. Keep reading »

For The Week Of August 17-23, 2009

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Taking an apathetic approach will do wonders for your state of mind. Not only will learning how to say “F*ck it!” be a powerful lesson in stress relief, it’ll also put out the right signals to Mr. Man about how to get you back into feeling the inspiration – and it will let him know time is up on having too much of a good thing without returning the favors.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Pay attention to your hunches and don’t let your talent to make excuses get the better of you. Whether you are avoiding taking back control due to fear, laziness or just all-out confusion, sitting on the fence is the worst route to take. Push and shove immediately, as taking a side will knock everything into its proper place.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Thankfully, you have your friends because this is the week you will need them on the speed dial — to get them to talk you off the ledge at any given moment. Your moods will be crashing in all sorts of directions and logic will seem hard to grasp. While you might fight reason initially, trust in the end it’ll be what saves you from a mound of humiliation.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

You of all people hate to follow rules, but if you don’t create some structure in your life to follow, then you will be leading yourself down a slippery slope. Best to have a plan set and ideals in mind. The more of a clue you give yourself now, the less likely you will be caught off-guard with crappy situations that shouldn’t plague you.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This is one of those weeks when shocking revelations make themselves known, turning you on beyond words. Forget trying to talk yourself out of falling deeper into the emotions you wrestle with. What’s the point? It would be like realizing you have a winning lottery ticket and purposely not cashing it in.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Hot monkey sex and all the libidinous fantasies you have brewing in your mind will come to a head this week as your secret desires can no longer be held back, darting you ahead into the wild unknown like a savage beast hungry from too long of a hibernation. Yes, this is when your raw instincts will come alive and lead you into territories never ventured before. Enjoy!

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

In the scheme of things, giving into your baby’s current demands isn’t so dismal. Besides, it’s time to throw him a bone, as he has always chivalrously given you the bigger end of the stick (and quite gently and effectively too). Plus, if you don’t start showing some gratitude then you’re just biding your time before there’s an expulsion from paradise.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

All your psycho theories get a run for their money this week as actions you set into motion start to sprout out their consequences, giving you a clue on how well you know a certain someone. Hopefully, this surprise will be a good one, as in a chemistry that ignites and a partner that knows how to correctly play back with you. Otherwise, know if it’s not happening now, it never will.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Good times are here and best to get to enjoy them while the getting is good. Yes, communications will run smoothly and saying how you feel will open doorways you never thought you’d get past. So ask those questions that plague you and set your mind straight. Know that whatever info is given is done with great trust, so embrace it all.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Plans you have been going with will hit a bump by the end of the week. From there, expect to switch directions and sort out a new destination. Just don’t waste time mourning what you could have had, as it won’t do a thing to move you in the right path. With no time to waste, trust this really is a blessing in disguise.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Asserting your will doesn’t have to be a daunting thing, if you are correct. This week express yourself. If those you’re dealing with are sane, they’ll get your smart ideas and be willing to back you up. Arguing has no place in your life now and if you do have to push hard to prove your point, realize you just have to find other ears to pay attention.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

All the answers you need are staring you in the face. The obvious is in the details. If you look closer at your situation, instead of the dreamy bigger picture that keeps driving you forward in the wrong direction, you’ll find cracks in the foundation that need to be sealed or completely trashed. Either/or, this week is all about working, communicating and negotiating. Good luck.

The Real Reasons Men Break Up With Women

There are some pretty consistent reasons among men why they dump their girlfriends. Let’s look at what some women do to end up being single again. Of course, this doesn’t fit every instance of a breakup, and this doesn’t apply to every woman, but a lot of guys tend to come up with the same reasons. After all, it can’t ALWAYS be something that the guys did….could it? Read more

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Italian Kisses: Cannolis In Love And Marriage

Sometimes it is a wedding song that makes a marriage so memorable. For my children, it was the cannolis. We are pastry people.

Growing up, my grandmother believed that any argument could be settled once people sat at the table, ate her cannolis, and drank her demi tasse coffee. There was magic in those afternoons. Many a tearful love crisis was solved by sitting and talking and savoring the taste of delicately crunchy shells filled with a mixture of ricotta and heavy cream.

When we all moved to Boston my children split on the best cannolis in the North End — Mike’s or Modern. But when it came time for a wedding, the opinion was universal. Instead of a wedding cake there would be cannolis shipped from Boston to Portland, Maine and layered in a three tier pastry server.

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Woman Lies To Husband About Her Sister Having HIV

Holy crap, you guys. I’ve heard some pretty sad stories about sibling rivalry, but this one takes the cake. A woman who grew up jealous and resentful that all her boyfriends lost interest in her the second they met her “stunningly beautiful” sister confessed to Slate’s resident advice columnist, Dear Prudence, that when she was dating her now-husband she lied to him about her sister having HIV so he wouldn’t be tempted to sleep with her! Now, years later, the husband still asks about the sister’s health, and the sister doesn’t understand why he always seems so concerned about her. The woman wants to come clean, but she doesn’t know how she can explain such a horrible lie. See how Prudence replies after the jump. Keep reading »

Missed Connection: Girl In White Pants At Gossip Girl Filming On 2nd Ave – M4W (Upper East Side)

While people have been gawking at the “Gossip Girl” crew that’s been filming all over Manhattan, some of the fans aren’t there to get a peek at their celeb crushes. This guy found his heart drawn towards an unknown girl wandering around the set. Hoping to find her, he posted in Craigslist‘s “Missed Connections.”

I am hoping to find the Gorgeous Tan Girl who was wearing White Pants and an Orange or Red Shirt and was with her 2 friends on 2nd Avenue right outside the Gossip Girl set that was filming. We made eye contact many times and I was hoping you would walk in the same direction as I walked but after turning around many times I finally lost you. If you happen to see this, please email me and let me know if you remember or know who I am or what I look like, etc.. I would love to be lucky enough to take you out for a drink.. Hope to find you…..

Interesting use of caps here! We hope that they find each other. And that they don’t have a relationship as complicated as Chuck and Blair’s. [Craigslist] Keep reading »

14 Jobs That May Ruin Your Chances Of Getting Laid

Rich and famous Hayden Panetierre says she can’t get a man because of all the media attention she gets.

“It’s very, very difficult and people have no idea what they do to peoples’ relationships. They destroy them. The paparazzi and the public. The public wants to read about your personal life, and the paparazzi give it to them by nosing into your personal life and saying things that are just not true and horrible.”

Cry me a river, Hayden! In reality, there are worse professions when it comes to love. Try sex and relationship blogger. The potential threat of having your love life exposed on the internets is no one’s aphrodisiac. After the jump, the worst relationship dealbreaker jobs on the planet. Keep reading »

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