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Real Chick Lit: What Shamu Taught Me About Not Being An Annoying Nag

One of the things you learn very quickly in a relationship is that people have really annoying habits. This becomes especially apparent when you move in with someone and suddenly their little eccentricities become part of your everyday life, from the way they leave empty paper coffee cups on the table for weeks on end, to their belief that the perfect place for that wet towel is bunched up on the bed and not on the hook in the bathroom. You also realize that changing these aspects of their personality is a task that is much easier said than done. Before anyone jumps all over me with the whole “you don’t want to change someone you love”, let me call B.S. When confronted with a bathroom sink filled with your love’s tiny black beard hairs, yes you do. You don’t love them any less because of those annoying habits, but you might love ‘em a tiny bit more without them. It was with that in mind that I sat down to read Amy Sutherland’s What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers. And as most Hallmark story endings go, in the end, I ended up training myself. The three tricks that worked the best, after the jump. Keep reading »

Tame Your Manimal

Shamu, the talented killer whale, can stun audiences daily by jumping through mid-air. It’s an impressive show that takes a lot of training. Although most wives aren’t looking for athletic feats from their husbands, author Amy Sutherland was determined to find out if the same techniques they use to make animals jump on command would work on her spouse. After spending a year in animal-trainer school, Ms. Sutherland was ready to try out her tricks. While it may seem like a plot line for a sci-fi villain — a seductive woman trains men to bow to her will — the tips she learned worked like a charm on her partner. As if an obedient husband wasn’t enough of a pat on the back, her article on her experiences, published in The New York Times in 2006, received the most email response of any article all year! Now she’s sharing her secrets in new book released this week entitled, What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage and a movie is in the works. Her husband, who nowadays can always find his keys and doesn’t hover over her while she’s cooking, is onto her game and even uses the same techniques himself. In fact, “Shamu” has become a verb in their dialogue — as in, “Are you shamuing me?” [Newsweek and Amazon] Keep reading »

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