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 Sep 2018 05:02:59 -0700 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 cbb1e2861992b4034b5ca8ee594601a6 They Could Have Made Sweet Music for 09/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/they-could-have-made-sweet-music Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Martha is what you might call a "culture vulture." When she saw "Fantasia" for the first time as an 8-year-old, she became a devotee of classical music. She started studying the violin and continued for nine years. She also studied the piano and was "a serious lyric soprano." </p> <p>Something else you need to know about Martha: She's had a self-proclaimed "adventurous past." She's been married once and has had numerous affairs with a United Nations of gentlemen.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 23, 2018</p> b731805c15852c6fe6d02853f80ad815 Soul Mate? I Think Not! for 09/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/soul-mate-i-think-not Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Call me crazy, but it seems that if her kids hate you and she lies and cheats and you can't get along, she's not your soul mate. But I digress ...</p> <p>Cameron met Ann Marie online. At the time, he had been divorced for four years after 21 years of marriage and had just ended another relationship.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 22, 2018</p> 9b6808d1bbe438d31d16c32a6da8a300 Doing the Right Thing, No Matter How Difficult for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/doing-the-right-thing-no-matter-how-difficult Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If ever there were a time to talk about sexual abuse, it's now. And if there's one thing victims of abuse would like to tell other victims it's this: Report the crime. If they don't, they may regret it.</p> <p>Dear Cheryl: I'm an abuse survivor. I didn't report my attack for all the same reasons as other women and men. But I took a self-defense class, which helped me come to terms with the guilt of not reporting. Now I'm more focused on prevention, protection and education than on my shortcomings.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 50892ab2369450f96d01a9052672778f It's A Disease, Not a Sentence for 09/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/its-a-disease-not-a-sentence Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I have epilepsy, which has made my life difficult, both medically and financially. When I tell people about it and what it entails, they (friends, family, authority figures, such as police officers and doctors) tell me it must dictate my life. For that reason, I've chosen to focus on academic and professional goals.</p> <p>Now we come to Barbara. We've never met, but I've known her for almost a decade. She lives in Pennsylvania. I live in Colorado. We speak on the phone occasionally and text almost daily. She recently told me in a text message that she's "given up on men."<p>Updated: Sun Sep 16, 2018</p> 46c9c02ec0bbbc829ac5c2f188af5f84 She Had to Leave Him to Find Herself for 09/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/she-had-to-leave-him-to-find-herself Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We recently met Shelley, who endured physical and verbal abuse from her husband Harry because he had convinced her she was worthless. Her one act of rebellion was her correspondence with an old boyfriend. Her tale continues ...</p> <p>After Harry found out about the letters, she went into counseling to find out why she had "betrayed" her husband. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 15, 2018</p> 70ef244f5171fa10be65b9b7c6f28507 How a Pretty Good Marriage Turned Into a Nightmare for 09/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/how-a-pretty-good-marriage-turned-into-a-nightmare Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Shelley and Harry married when they were 22, and everything was "pretty good." They had a baby, lucrative careers and a nice social life. Then they had another baby and things began to change. </p> <p>"Harry became more demanding," Shelley says. "He said I should always put him first, his family second and the children third or fourth. When he decided to go back to college, he said I should emotionally support him by literally sitting there, watching him study. If I chose to watch television, he would go on a screaming rant. <span class="column--highlighted-text">If he said the sky was green and my father said the sky was blue and I agreed with my father, he would go into a horrible rage.</span>"<p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> 5d595b7d2800ca50f1f2126af700cb45 He Wants Intimacy and a Whole Lot More for 09/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/he-wants-intimacy-and-a-whole-lot-more Sun, 09 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I've been married for 15 years to the woman I love. We have two beautiful, respectful young children. We agree on most issues, argue without screaming, and have a beautiful home, good careers and a sound plan for our future. We enjoy each other's company and laugh a lot together. Most couples would envy a marriage like ours.</p> <p>However, this is where we fail: physical affection. I grew up in a very affectionate household. My parents have been married for decades and still act like teenagers around each other. My siblings have similar affectionate marriages. My wife, Carol, is affectionate with the children, but she never gives me a hug or a peck on the cheek.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 09, 2018</p> 6740ac5ecc8cbb5b58f7fa2acab334b6 The Lesson Here: Put the House in Your Name! for 09/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/the-lesson-here-put-the-house-in-your-name Sat, 08 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When it comes to love, we all want to be that person who throws caution to the wind, looks before he leaps, goes with his gut and various other cliches. But while we're doing that, it's good to have a practical little angel on our shoulder who whispers, "Put the house in your name." </p> <p>Mamie was working on a project that involved contacting all her high school classmates from Wisconsin. One of them, a guy named Jason, started writing to her.<p>Updated: Sat Sep 08, 2018</p> 7d9a76ef3ecf454364dceb7947a4d815 From Loser to Winner With Help from the Internet for 09/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/from-loser-to-winner-with-help-from-the-internet Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When it came to romance, Mitch figured he had a capital L on his forehead. Loser. He first fell in love in grade school. Ashely dumped him once they got to high school. "I was devastated," he says. But he was ecstatic when she took him back after she broke up with her boyfriend. As a bonus, she taught him everything she'd learned about sex. Then she broke up with him again and went back with her boyfriend.</p> <p>"Needless to say, I was even more heart-broken the second time and thought I'd never find love again," he says. </p> <p>Mitch had a few strikes against him, even without the Ashely Crisis. He'd been born with one chest muscle and struggled with a drug addiction.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p> db20421c44ca1102deb7281034512297 He Has All the Closure He Needs for 09/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/18/he-has-all-the-closure-he-needs Sun, 02 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Cheryl: Seven years ago, I met a beautiful Arabic girl and fell madly in love. We dated for two and a half years. Our relationship was a secret. No one could know because her family was very traditional.</p> <p>Then she went to Jordan on vacation. She met someone, got engaged and eventually got married. She now has a son.</p> <p>I keep telling myself that she's a married woman, a mother and living the life she was supposed to live. When we dated, she was a girl. Now she's a grown woman with different beliefs and a different life. I'm probably a part of her life that she now regrets.<p>Updated: Sun Sep 02, 2018</p> e2628b53efaa83744d4cde5b6f020be1 Is His Death Her Only Option? for 09/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/07/18/is-his-death-her-only-option Sat, 01 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ellen says when she looks at her husband Jim, she feels "numb." He's 60; she's 50. They've been married for 24 years, and they have two children.</p> <p>"At times I feel so lonely my soul hurts," she says. <p>Updated: Sat Sep 01, 2018</p> 5fcbce6d1690713da28c27096ad5599b 70 Is the New 17! for 08/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/70-is-the-new-17 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Age is meaningless. In the '60s, hippies said never trust anyone over 30. In 1980, John Lennon wrote a song called "Life begins at 40." Now 60 has become the new 40. And it appears that under the right circumstances, 70 is the new 17!</p> <p>In 2016, John attended his 50-year high school reunion and ran into Nancy, a classmate. "I knew of her but we never dated, never talked, never were in any classes together," he says.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 31, 2018</p> f17550819ffc4d733b761030e57b5287 There's No Statute of Limitation on This Kind of Abuse for 08/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/theres-no-statute-of-limitation-on-this-kind-of-abuse Sun, 26 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The news about the Catholic Church scandal in Pennsylvania has brought the issue of child sexual abuse to the forefront of the nation's consciousness. But to the victims, it's always there.</p> <p>LINSA: I was raped when I was 14 years old. I never told my parents &#8212; they were very strict, and it would have killed them &#8212; or someone else. Instead, I quit school, ran off with somebody and got married to justify the rape. It had been pounded into my head that in order to ever get married, you have to be a virgin. Since I was no longer a virgin, I felt I had to get married immediately. <p>Updated: Sun Aug 26, 2018</p> 4600754e35d627f60e2c3a9a23c3cd52 There's No Hollywood Ending, and Here's Why for 08/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/theres-no-hollywood-ending-and-heres-why Sat, 25 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some readers were unhappy with the way the tale of Bill and Andrea ended. They're the schoolmates who reconnected, fell in love and then broke up because of the 1,000 miles between them. </p> <p>Bill is back to explain ... <p>Updated: Sat Aug 25, 2018</p> b2da26aa797f8298959a2a5824db663f Facebook Is the Devil for 08/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/facebook-is-the-devil Fri, 24 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Facebook does a lot of great things. It reunites families, reestablishes friendships and even aids revolutions. But it does some pretty funky stuff as well. Messing around with our elections comes to mind.</p> <p>Kathy says that "of all things," never in a million years did she think she'd write to me about her love life: "You see, I'm usually a very responsible person. I never do anything out of the ordinary. Some might say I'm boring. I've been married for 25 years. I have three kids and a dog. My family was my entire life. Then two years ago I found Facebook and my life changed."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 24, 2018</p> 67abdc986afc1ca3ad541d60c875b0d8 Will They Get Their Hollywood Ending? for 08/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/will-they-get-their-hollywood-ending Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bill and Andrea reconnected at a grammar school reunion and maintained their long-distance relationship through the internet.</p> <p>Bill says he came to rely on Andrea's daily emails to get him through the "many tiresome work days." He added: "I suspect my emails were equally anticipated. Seldom did we miss a day. We would call each other, too. Sometimes our phone conversations would last nearly three hours. I felt only emptiness when we said good night."<p>Updated: Sun Aug 19, 2018</p> 4c3888fe7d22f20fcc41f966f20d3a59 Their Affair Was Like a Movie. Will It Have a Hollywood Ending? for 08/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/their-affair-was-like-a-movie-will-it-have-a-hollywood-ending Sat, 18 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bill says his affair with Andrea was like that Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie "You've Got Mail."</p> <p>They met in second grade. "She was a cute, bright little girl, so much smarter than me," he says. "She was always one of the last two girls standing during spelling bees."<p>Updated: Sat Aug 18, 2018</p> 45564bac752a234024d14b615850c728 Grandma Dearest for 08/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/grandma-dearest Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Ginny says she started school for a master's in psychology in the '90s but dropped out after she got a handle on her own family. "I didn't really want to be a psychologist," she said. "<span class="column--highlighted-text">I just wanted to understand my own crazy relatives.</span>"</p> <p>Of all her relatives, Ginny says, her grandmother was the easiest to diagnose because she was a "classic narcissist, which at that time was defined as 'other people only exist for her to the extent to which they fulfill her needs' and there is also a focus on outward personal appearance.'"<p>Updated: Fri Aug 17, 2018</p> da83d00bd76eaa8eae0824241becc4ec If He Looks Great on Paper, You May Want to Keep Him There for 08/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/if-he-looks-great-on-paper-you-may-want-to-keep-him-there Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When it comes to finding The One, sometimes you just know. Sometimes you think you know and you're wrong.</p> <p>NINA: My high school boyfriend looked great on paper. We went to the same church, same high school. Heck, we even had our first Holy Communion together. I was crazy about him, and he was crazy about me.<p>Updated: Sun Aug 12, 2018</p> 4ebc34a221545244216e5557917cd20b She Was Dumbstruck on the Expressway and Lived to Tell about It for 08/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/18/she-was-dumbstruck-on-the-expressway-and-lived-to-tell-about-it Sat, 11 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's begin by saying Ginger is not a romantic. "I don't keep ticket stubs, flowers, and such," she says.</p> <p>She also doesn't consider herself particularly psychic. She doesn't buy lottery tickets based on hunches. She doesn't tell people not to fly based on a dream. She doesn't give too much credence to her sixth sense or premonitions. That's why what happened was so weird.<p>Updated: Sat Aug 11, 2018</p>