Tales From the Front from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:03:53 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Tales From the Front from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/tales-from-the-front-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front 827fd5fb727cb626c09c9aef8a304fe2 There's a Lesson Here for 02/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/02/20/theres-a-lesson-here Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Kim and John were 19 when they met. They married eight months later. She says he was "very good looking" and they had "a lot of fun" together. John went into the Army. When he was discharged, he went to work for a phone company.</p> <p>It wasn't long before Kim suspected he was cheating. "He would hang out at the bar with his co-workers and stay out late. At first, I thought it was a guy thing, but then some of the women from the phone company started hanging out, too. When I asked him about it, he said they were just co-workers. I always had my doubts, but I wanted to believe him."</p> <p>This went on for many years. Kim says she accepted the situation because by then, she had two daughters, no skills and no proof. But when her doubts became too strong to ignore, they separated. John moved in with some co-workers. Kim took a part-time job delivering newspapers.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> b8d8233634fac92bae73c50eaaee3575 She Can Name All Four Beatles; Can He? for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/02/20/she-can-name-all-four-beatles-can-he-73e43 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When Nancy met Chris, she was looking for a relationship. Not a relationship with a younger man, just a relationship. When she found out he was 14 years younger, it wasn't a turn on. </p> <p>"Actually," she says, "His being so much younger was a barrier for me at first, and I wasn't sure if I could handle the age difference. I apparently decided I could, because we got married."</p> <p>The problem about different cultural references ("Paul McCartney? You mean the guy from Wings?") wasn't an issue. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> 6c6c25ef1b1161becb79b7f84390d0b0 He Likes Tats, Just Not Hers for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/02/20/he-likes-tats-just-not-hers Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We can debate whether love at first sight actually exists. </p> <p>(I say no. Lust at first sight, yes. Attraction at first sight, yes. Chemistry at first sight, yes. Love at first sight, no, even though all of those things can turn into love. But I digress.)</p> <p>What is not up for debate is the instant turnoff. Things can be going along fine and then someone says something or does something and poof! The magic is gone. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 14cfe47ee3605da3a5b64ce34287c08c Never Daddy's Girl for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/20/never-daddys-girl Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Tracy says she's been a loner since the age of 4. She was smart and taught herself to read, but she says in her traditional Italian family, "Intelligence of females was not valued, especially by the father."</p> <p>When she was 7, a cousin convinced her the world would end at the stroke of midnight in 1960. That unleashed a wave of chronic anxiety in her that she hid from everyone. She decided to join a convent to get away from the world. When she acted up, her father called her "a hypocrite." </p> <p>When her hormones started to kick in at 9, she developed severe acne. Her father called her "Popolee" or "Pimple Face." When she wore short skirts, he called her a tramp. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 280ef1963ed6754eb2a7a75dc6266da8 She Tried to Sell Him the Brooklyn Bride One Time Too Many for 01/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/20/she-tried-to-sell-him-the-brooklyn-bride-one-time-too-many Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Dear Cheryl: My wife is extremely outgoing with both men and women. She's always making new friends, and she works at keeping relationships with high school and college friends alive. But three things have been bothering me.</p> <p>Issue No. 1: Several years ago, I found a man's cellphone number in my wife's cellphone. They had dated once many years ago. I asked her if she'd been calling him, and she said no. Later that night, I looked up old phone records and found they had talked on the phone many times, including one call the morning after she lied to me. </p> <p>I confronted her, and she apologized for lying. She said she was worried about my health and did it to spare my anxiety over nothing. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> a740ae3a59e62d1316b8e04e5d5fc103 And Now You Know the Rest of the Story for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/20/and-now-you-know-the-rest-of-the-story Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We recently met Jason and Andrea. They were the lawyers whose relationship turned from professional to personal after Jason's wife died.</p> <p>They first met over 30 years ago, when they were on opposite sides of a case. Jason says he won the case. Andrea says she doesn't remember anything about it.</p> <p>"I was a young lawyer working for someone else and hadn't spent a lot of time with the case before going to trial. My impression of Jason was that he was smart, professional and nice."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> fe2de0f896d94b311992bbd70e7ce5f7 Once Again, Seinfeld Said It Best for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/20/once-again-seinfeld-said-it-best Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Today's column proves one thing: Men and women can find each other anywhere &#8212; at a car wash, at an airport and even at a funeral!</p> <p>KYLE: Jeff, a friend, mentor and all-around great guy, died an untimely death. He was such a well-known guy that a two-day wake was necessary. While at the second night's gathering, I met Luann, who had known Jeff from business dealings. While Jeff's body lay in a casket 10 feet away from us, we kept commiserating about how much he was going to be missed. </p> <p>One thing led to another, and we exchanged phone numbers. She called me at work a few days later, and our first date was to a Tim McGraw concert. Luann and I dated off-and-on for the next four years.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> 6038d9a37d83938d059c2a67d2f6888c What to Save, What to Keep for 01/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/20/what-to-save-what-to-keep Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nobody bothers to fix things anymore. When they break, we toss them. Your computer is acting funky? Get a new one. Your washing machine is doing the cha-cha? Get a new one. Your TV is on the fritz? Get a new one before the Super Bowl or "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns. </p> <p>But what about your family? If it's broke, do you repair it or replace it?<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> 512dfadfc1104306bdffd09087537bc8 Three's a Crowd for 12/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/19/threes-a-crowd-07bc3 Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A few months after his wife died, Jason got a call from Andrea.</p> <p>They're both lawyers &#8212; she specializes in family law &#8212; and had met many years ago when they'd tried a small case against each other.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 27, 2019</p> 7051eab6377930fd881a2f70388c1a93 Santa's Not the Only One Who Needs to Check His List for 12/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/19/santas-not-the-only-one-who-needs-to-check-his-list Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When they met, Nicole was 29. She was a single mother, working two or three jobs. She didn't date much; she was too busy or too tired. Jackson was 59, divorced with adult children.</p> <p>He was kind and had all the characteristics of her ideal partner. He also had money and enjoyed spending it on her.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> b24479a43f27846ca96d758d94859778 Home Alone With Baby for 12/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/19/home-alone-with-baby-9139c Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I've been with Jeb for more than 10 years. We've been married for six years and have a 1-year-old daughter. We have a fairly good marriage, except for one major problem: his need to go to a bar with his friends. On weeknights, he'll leave at 8 p.m. and be home by 1 a.m. On the weekends, he'll be home around 3 a.m. I've asked him to come home earlier, but he refuses.</p> <p>I understand that guys need to be with guys to chill out, watch the game, have a few beers, play pool, etc.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> e215af519b88f595314b2b861748cef0 Sometimes in Vino, There's Just Vino for 12/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/19/sometimes-in-vino-theres-just-vino Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I'm a 66-year-old Italian male who's in excellent shape and health. I work out religiously five days a week, ride my bike ride to the lake in the summer, lift weights, etc. I have strong shoulders, firm arms, most of my hair and teeth, and good skin. I'm considered attractive. I shower twice a day, use lotions and dress well. I like to dance, travel, go out and entertain. I have a good sense of humor.</p> <p>I go downtown a lot. I was at a very nice Italian restaurant with 15 guys having dinner. An attractive lady came to our table. She was quite outgoing and talkative. When she went back to the bar, I followed her, introduced myself and gave her a very flattering compliment.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> 88e916398376ec9dddf1fa29742c55d6 She Saved Herself and Hopes Others Will, Too for 11/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/19/she-saved-herself-and-hopes-others-will-too Fri, 29 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Samantha married Chris when she was 16. Her parents did nothing to stop her.</p> <p>"They never seemed to care what I did. I only lived 10 minutes from them, but my mother stopped by only once over three years &#8212; and that was to borrow money."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 29, 2019</p> 989b42a627f93ec44b8292cf6bdc7f37 What Happens When Parents Don't Care for 11/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/19/what-happens-when-parents-dont-care Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today's column is a prequel.</p> <p>Remember Samantha, who started dating Chris when she was 15 and he was 19? He was trouble from the start. He drank and had anger issues and mood swings. But he told her he loved her, and to her, that made it all right. When she turned 16, he got an apartment and moved her out of her parents' home. <p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p> 00364277ca56477eb2083f8982d74fac How to Wash, Burn, Cut and Pumpkin Someone out of Your Life for 11/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/19/how-to-wash-burn-cut-and-pumpkin-someone-out-of-your-life Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In "South Pacific," Nellie Forbush says she's "gonna wash that man right outta (her) hair." Shampoo is one way to get rid of the thought of someone. So are scissors, fires and pumpkin stickers.</p> <p>YASMINE: My ex-husband destroyed our wedding album when he left. He took all the photos of his family and individual pictures of himself. If I was in the picture, he left it in the album. After I discovered what he did, I performed what I call "photo mutilation." <p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p> d172a65cf0af90ec7d25826599cedddc Do-it-Yourselfer Running out of Energy for 11/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/19/do-it-yourselfer-running-out-of-energy-955ff Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>You know how some women love a project? A closet to do over, a friend to make over, a bathroom to remodel. Well, Olivia was one of those nonstop do-it-yourselfers. But it her case, the project wasn't a room or a house. It was men. </p> <p>"I have straightened up, molded, educated, reformed, enlightened and motivated my last nine serious boyfriends," the 38-year-old says. "And I'm tired."<p>Updated: Fri Nov 08, 2019</p> 73685a9f46738cf00756ec9b9871c6cc Are Trust and Respect Possible After a Divorce? Are They Even Desirable? for 11/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/10/19/are-trust-and-respect-possible-after-a-divorce-are-they-even-desirable-4a95f Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: It's been a month since my divorce, a divorce caused by my ex-husband's cheating.</p> <p>I barely talk to him, which is generally good. When we do talk, it's usually about our daughter. But we have said many nasty things to each other in the past. He started all of this to get under my skin. He keeps telling me how happy he is with his girlfriend, the happiest he's ever been and that he knows I'm miserable. He is so wrong.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 01, 2019</p> a3b49b631fc49f1d192313adbcd24559 Check Your Blind Spots for 10/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/10/19/check-your-blind-spots-e86ed Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Andy was working in the emergency room last February when Jan came in with her son, who had a bad cold. Andy wrote a couple of prescriptions. </p> <p>"There was just something there," says Andy. <span class="column--highlighted-text">"She was no great beauty, but she had a weird sense of humor that I liked and I thought, 'I'd like to get know her a little better.'"</span> <p>Updated: Fri Oct 25, 2019</p> f79b4edf1b149c70456c5fc5ae6baa95 He Only Had Eyes for Her for 10/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/10/19/he-only-had-eyes-for-her Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We've all heard the old saying, "Love comes along when you least expect it." I've probably written dozens of columns on the subject since "Tales From the Front" began 34 years ago. (That's not a typo &#8212; "Tales From the Front" has been around since 1985!) But every time it happens, it's a little miracle.</p> <p>Joe is 69. He says his dating was "sporadic at best." He attended an all-male high school and then studied business at a commuter college where the male-female ratio was 20-to-1.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 18, 2019</p> 7efbd7180a8a6d6593fd7369c04e8356 The Marriage Is Over, but the Scars Are Forever for 10/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/10/19/the-marriage-is-over-but-the-scars-are-forever Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Samantha met Chris one February evening at an arcade. She was 15; he was 19.</p> <p>"He complimented me and basically charmed my pants off."<p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p>