“Modern Family” is one of the few shows on TV right now that makes me genuinely laugh out loud every episode. I adore all of the characters, their weird quirks, and increasingly absurd story arcs. From the beginning, if I had to choose a favorite character it would probably be Phil. A talented real estate agent, dorky father of three, and loving husband of Claire, I always felt like Phil was a unique male character in the primetime sitcom landscape. On the surface, he seemed like a stereotypical goofy dad who is only slightly more mature than his pre-adolescent children, but as I kept watching, I realized he possessed depth, intelligence, and warmth. Was he immature on the surface? Yes, but there was more going on underneath, and because of that, he was lovable and real.
This season though, something has changed. I’ve noticed that while Phil is still hilarious, he’s lost some of the layers of complexity, and I’m afraid I might soon have to diagnose him with the dreaded Doofus Husband Syndrome… Keep reading »
There must really be a man shortage in Utah because some women have resorted to dire measures to find husbands. Take, for instance, sisters Katie and Priscilla Churcher, who are both married to Travis. All three were raised as Fundamentalist Mormons, a splinter group of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that practices polygamy. Katie was married to Travis first, but after a few years, he began to woo Priscilla, who eventually fell in love with him. Although polygamy is illegal, the three spouses share a home, with each of the wives having their own room that Travis alternates between. And there’s no sibling rivalry! The sisters say their marriage is perfect for their personal lives because it gives each of them more time with friends and they always have a babysitter. [Lemondrop] Keep reading »
Perhaps you’ve seen this little test for husbands making the rounds on the web? It was written in 1933 as a companion to a test for women about being good wives, with a list of merits and demerits for appropriate and inappropriate husband behavior. It was a bit antiquated to give the fellas in 2009, so we updated it…. Keep reading »
When your three-year-old climbs onto your lap and asks, “Do you love me the best, Mama?,” what do you say? “Well, yes, but not as much as I love your Daddy?” I don’t think so. Keep reading »
I have been to many social outings lately, from the Sundance Film Festival to parties in Vegas, and I keep hearing women talking about wanting to meet their husbands. Really? Are you sure? Why not write a book or take up guitar lessons or go dance by yourself? Keep reading »
In the 1930s, Dr. George W. Crane, who ran a counseling practice and started his own matchmaking service, designed a test to give couples feedback on their marriages. Either the husband or the wife took the test, which rates the wife in various areas. Crane attempted to make the test scientific, but he did admit to using a personal bias and weighted the items he thought were more important in marriage. For example, a wife’s use of slang or profanity results in a five-point deduction from her score, and wearing red nail polish is a minus one. Amelia’s score was -3 and mine was -6. What can I say? I don’t dress for breakfast, and I’m lazy about sewing on buttons. Keep reading to calculate your score. [Monitor On Psychology] Keep reading »
Earlier, we discussed how the device that helps those suffering from sleep apnea is cumbersome and unattractive. However, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that men were more likely to wear the CPAP machine if their wives slept with them, rather than in a separate bed. Unfortunately, women don’t sleep as well when their gas-mask-wearing husband cuddles in bed with them. [Reuters Health] Keep reading »