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 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:09:47 -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 3e7b64edbe69d6471ae55cde366fc9dd Did He Get His Way? Or Is He Out of Work? for 01/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/18/did-he-get-his-way-or-is-he-out-of-work Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Whenever someone tells me their relationship is perfect, I think "uh-oh."</p> <p>Angela and Kyle didn't know each other, but they knew of each other. They've always lived in the same small town, sometimes as close as 2 or 3 miles apart. They had the same group of friends in school, swam at the same place, went to the same parties. Kyle owned a small record store, and Angela used to shop there.<p>Updated: Sun Jan 14, 2018</p> cad2e9c6544a1e8f06862d019ce44f71 Born-Again Teenagers Awkward at Dating for 01/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/18/born-again-teenagers-awkward-at-dating Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I recently called the men and women who found themselves single after a long marriage "born-again teenagers." When it comes to dating, they haven't a clue. </p> <p>There was Melody, whose husband died after 27 years of marriage. She fell in love with Andy, a former co-worker. When she told him how she felt, he said: "I still love my wife. I'm going to date around." She was crushed. Then, a month later, he called and wanted to see her. She was expecting him to declare his love. He wanted things to continue as before. She told him never to contact her again. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 13, 2018</p> b3c9c06fadf70e41bbecfe9c1e7f87d3 Throw Out the Trash, People! for 01/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/01/18/throw-out-the-trash-people Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There are women who can't throw out their senior prom dress. There are men who refuse to part with a ratty football jersey. These are understandable. But to hold on to a person who is obviously wrong for you &#8212; this I don't understand.</p> <p>Ellen got divorced after being married for 15 years. Then she met a man who became verbally abusive. She says: "My self-esteem dropped to nearly zero and I cried all the time. I felt I had no choice. It was a terrible life."<p>Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018</p> edb1820003b87983f2daf68e54ce68e4 Today We Hear From a Born-Again Teenager for 12/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/today-we-hear-from-a-born-again-teenager Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We've all heard about the phenomenon of "born-again virgins": women and men who want to pretend their wild and crazy days never happened and revert to their innocent status. But we've got a new phenomenon to report today. Let's call it "born-again teenagers." These are the women and men who are suddenly single after a long marriage and approaching dating with all the wide-eyed innocence of a teen in the first throes of romance. Case in point: Melody.</p> <p>Melody had been married for a long time, 27 years. Her husband passed away five years ago after a long illness. She had no plans to ever date again. She had a very demanding career and was raising teenagers on her own.</p> <p>"I'm very self sufficient and successful," she says. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 24, 2017</p> 8692c5fb950ef7edcb89e69f14e4e15d She May Be Stupid, but He's a Scumbag for 12/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/she-may-be-stupid-but-hes-a-scumbag Sat, 23 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Remember Stacy? She hooked up with Ira even though his Baby Mama (of four kids) warned her that he was still after her. She broke up with him but continued to have sex with him. She got pregnant, found out that he was seeing more women than just the B.M., yet she believed him when he said he loved her and wanted to marry her. So she married him and got pregnant again, and then she found out she was one of three women he had gotten pregnant! </p> <p>Here's what you have to say:<p>Updated: Sat Dec 23, 2017</p> 746fe476edf6fdb1b6464500637c4556 She's Still Irresistible for 12/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/shes-still-irresistible Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Readers, we recently heard from Irresistible, who wondered how to brush off men "politely, but effectively."</p> <p>Her friend's live-in boyfriend, Steve, had started chasing her. She wanted him to stop, but she still wanted to maintain his friendship, since he's living with her friend.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 22, 2017</p> d761218e6163daa798d55e35c6ac2c1d The Big Fade for 12/17/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/the-big-fade Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nicole met Christian at a wedding. The couple getting married had tried to set them up, and it had never worked out. But at the wedding, Nicole saw Christian &#8212; not knowing who he was &#8212; and "that was it!"</p> <p>She says: "We really hit it off. He asked for my phone number. He had to leave that night because he was in the Navy. We hugged and he said he would call me. Like male clock work, three days later he called. And that was that. We talked every day until we saw each other again a month later at the Naval Ball. We lived 10 hours apart and Christian flew me to see him. It was our first official date, and it was perfect!" <p>Updated: Sun Dec 17, 2017</p> c3ef6eeff6de66224136ee7903035320 Will You All Marry Me? for 12/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/will-you-all-marry-me Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When best friends get together, wonderful things can happen. Case in point: Nora and Rick.</p> <p>They've known each other for seven years &#8212; seven stressful years. Nora helped Rick deal with the loss of his wife after her 10-year battle with ovarian cancer. He helped her struggle through her divorce.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 16, 2017</p> d6603d1d911402ff5af5684b272d23c5 Pay Attention to Those Flags! for 12/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/pay-attention-to-those-flags Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5em; background-color: initial;">Pay Attention to Those Flags!</span><br></p> <p><p>Updated: Fri Dec 15, 2017</p> 8d5ce961f8860856894e192d7f5d49df Is It Ever Too Late to Say, 'I'm Sorry'? for 12/10/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/is-it-ever-too-late-to-say-im-sorry Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Leslie met Jason at a dance. He wasn't handsome &#8212; only "passable and well-dressed."</p> <p>But this was back in the Dark Ages when girls had to wait for guys to show interest in them. Their choices were limited.<p>Updated: Sun Dec 10, 2017</p> 45d88af15f8cc2cd5b57236746614c4c There May Be a Pink Stripe on Her Hog for 12/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/there-may-be-a-pink-stripe-on-her-hog Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>TALES FROM THE FRONT</p> <p>BY CHERYL LAVIN<p>Updated: Sat Dec 09, 2017</p> f1ab6795482aeca430a694c11d10b16d Can a Poor City Girl Find Happiness With a Rich Suburban Boy?: Part 2 for 12/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/can-a-poor-city-girl-find-happiness-with-a-rich-suburban-boy-part-2 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the last column we met Jessie, a poor Chicago single mother who was dating a rich boy. She lived in a mouse-riddled apartment with her daughter; his parents lived in a magnificent home.</p> <p>Jessie says: "Our lifestyles were completely different. He was used to so many nice things. I felt so uncomfortable in his home. His parents were such nice people. I just couldn't bear to tell him the truth. What could I say, 'Oh by the way, these aren't my clothes and I pay my utilities with charge cards to try to stay afloat and the reason I'm so skinny is because I can't afford to buy food?'"<p>Updated: Fri Dec 08, 2017</p> 1cfbaa1ca7358c455f371993b83a0e0c Can a Poor City Girl Find Happiness With a Rich Suburban Boy? for 12/03/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/can-a-poor-city-girl-find-happiness-with-a-rich-suburban-boy Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Some stories have happy endings: The boy gets the girl. Some stories have sad endings: The boy doesn't get the girl. But <span class="column--highlighted-text">the saddest stories of all may be the ones that have no ending at all.</span></p> <p>To understand this tale, you have to understand how Jessie grew up. <p>Updated: Sun Dec 03, 2017</p> f7e2c807963929a1b8529f17a10b2a84 Can She Ever Forgive Him? for 12/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/12/17/can-she-ever-forgive-him Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I was in a long-distance relationship with Thad, whom I'd met briefly a few years earlier. We each thought the other was The One. But unfortunately, life isn't perfect, and relationships are complicated. After I went on a date with Thad, I continued to date another guy because I didn't know what would happen between us, considering the distance. I went out with this other guy three times.</p> <p>Thad asked me about this and got mad at me because I lied to him about how many times I went out with the guy before he and I got serious. Honestly, I forgot the correct answer &#8212; that's how little the guy meant to me. But when Thad found out the truth, instead of confronting me about how he felt, he withdrew, put his energy into forging a stronger emotional bond with a female friend of his and ended up kissing her one night. He didn't tell me right away. It took him a month to tell me what he'd done.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 02, 2017</p> c4284596525d7a2ed501f316d355b18f Did Her Father Marry a Black Widow? for 12/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/17/did-her-father-marry-a-black-widow Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today, I've turned the column over to Sharon to tell the tale of her father and his widow. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Is it a cautionary tale, or simply a daughter's sour grapes?</span></p> <p>She says: "Forty years after my parents divorced, my father, 75, married Janet, a 60-year-old woman he met at a church dance. My dad lived 1,600 miles away from me. He told my brother and me that he and Janet had a prenup. Everything they had owned before their marriage would go to their own children. That seemed fair. We didn't ask for a copy of the prenup or if my father had a will.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 01, 2017</p> f92e2e4caa4a7ffaa93338bfc8093d66 30 Years of Marriage Didn't Prepare Her for John for 11/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/17/30-years-of-marriage-didnt-prepare-her-for-john Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Vikki dated John for 15 months, but she's still not really sure what happened between them.</p> <p>Let's back up a bit. Vikki met her husband, Steve, when she was 18. They married a day after her 21st birthday. They were married for over 30 wonderful years before he died of cancer.<p>Updated: Sun Nov 26, 2017</p> 620d655b2275b9c429b425af7153ec9b He's At It Again! for 11/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/17/hes-at-it-again Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We recently heard from Amy, who was dating Craig. Craig is one of those guys who can only take a relationship so far before he hits a wall. He fades. One minute he's there; the next he's gone.</p> <p>"He appeared to be everything any woman could want," said Amy. "It was wonderful for about four months. Then things started to change."<p>Updated: Sat Nov 25, 2017</p> 25e8b58767e50d89086c8695a25d4a85 A Modern Diogenes Looks for One Honest Woman for 11/24/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/17/a-modern-diogenes-looks-for-one-honest-woman Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Dear Cheryl: I don't understand why women misrepresent themselves on dating sights. I'm an individual who tells it like it is. Trying to find a good woman is frustrating. I'm almost ready to give up because I don't know whether there's a woman in this world who says what she means and means what she says.</p> <p>I ended a five-year relationship because the woman was not honest and trustworthy. I travel for my job, and while I was gone, she sold all I had that could be sold. Lesson learned. I've tried to find a good woman through my travels, but it's the same all over the country. &#8212; At Wit's End </p> <p>Dear At Wit's End: Whoa! You spent five years with a woman and didn't know she was a thief? <p>Updated: Fri Nov 24, 2017</p> 4d4a3cc589afab4fa5b3fa93748ac0d1 He Will Not Take 'Get Lost' for an Answer for 11/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/17/he-will-not-take-get-lost-for-an-answer Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I really appreciated your recent column in which you said women who dress well naturally attract attention from men. So many people blame the woman simply because a man is paying attention to her. They say things like, "If she couldn't put him in his place right quick, she isn't worth a darn."</p> <p>This ignores the fact that to some men, any effort a woman makes to "put him in his place" just fans the flames. I really appreciated it when you said that if a woman isn't doing or saying anything she wouldn't in front of her husband, then it isn't her fault. <p>Updated: Sun Nov 19, 2017</p> 5a552cecbab120bfe9a8bb76411466a0 No Child Support -- What a Shock! for 11/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/11/17/no-child-support-what-a-shock Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If there's anything worse than being involved with a con artist, it's being involved with a con artist that you continue to run into.</p> <p>Bristol met Jack in a shoe store. He was wearing untied black boots and black shorts. It shouldn't have mattered that he was "one of the most attractive men" she'd ever seen. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Her gut should have screamed "Deal Breaker!" Instead she made excuses for him. </span>She says: "The weather was 85 degrees. Maybe he'd been in a hurry."<p>Updated: Sat Nov 18, 2017</p>