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 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:48:38 -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 6ac3af578f1bf7b3970ae569b96341e0 Looking for Trouble for 04/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/20/looking-for-trouble Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: After 38 years, I reconnected with some former high school classmates, including Sheila, who didn't pay attention to me during grammar and high school. But in college, she kept calling me to go out. I ignored her. Now, after all these years, it suddenly hits me how much I love her. I'm married and so is she. I don't want to ruin my marriage or hers, but I want her to know my feelings. There will be a 40th reunion in two years. What do I do? &#8212; I FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT</p> <p>Dear I FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT: Here's what you do: You say, "You know, Sheila, I was a fool; you're a great girl." Here's what you don't do: "You know, Sheila, I was a fool; you're a great girl and I love you." There is nothing to be gained by sharing your feelings with her. Nothing. And so much to lose. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> 14164fc31edff08829e795cae14cfced Did the Ugly Duckling Become a Swan, or Did He Just Think She Did? for 04/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/20/did-the-ugly-duckling-become-a-swan-or-did-he-just-think-she-did Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>You know the way mothers and fathers say they love all their children equally? They don't. They have a favorite. Well, I freely admit that Mickey in today's column is one of my all-time favorite writers.</p> <p>Mickey: I love my girlfriend. I mean truly and deeply love her. Not only can I not imagine my life without her but I can barely remember what it was like before she came along a mere 15 months ago. I suppose that neither one of us would qualify as the "perfect package." I'll leave my shortcomings to her to list, but here's the person I met that wonderful night. </p> <p>She was more than a few pounds overweight, and she had an overbite that was so severe she lisped. Her hair had a mind of its own. It kind of looked like there was a thick, black mop on top of her head.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> be0e4cd44e35bf91bcc78fc9d1c2b67a There's More Here Than Meets the Eye for 04/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/20/theres-more-here-than-meets-the-eye-65c72 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dear Cheryl: My wife and I have been married for 13 years. Our biggest problem is the way she handles our finances. She's very kind-hearted and would help family members in need and not tell me. Don't get me wrong; I've helped family members also, but never to the point where it interfered with my own family's well-being. </p> <p>My wife, on the other hand, would constantly put us in financial jeopardy. Then, last June, she stopped talking to me. She said it was because I was never home. I was never home because I was working so hard to make ends meet. </p> <p>One night, we had a fight. After that, I noticed her looking for an apartment for her and the home-based day care center she operates. I also noticed her talking to a neighbor. I've been told this person has been spreading rumors about me sleeping with the neighborhood floozy, which is a total lie. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> aa66badaa9c22facfb3d06cb2172cef6 Beauty Is Only Skin-Deep, but Ugly Goes to the Bone for 04/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/20/beauty-is-only-skin-deep-but-ugly-goes-to-the-bone-1b07e Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We all know you can't judge a book by its cover, but we still do it anyway. We look for something intriguing to catch our eye &#8212; a bright color, a flashy design. We know it has nothing to do with the quality of the book, but we can't help ourselves.</p> <p>How about when it comes to people? We know character is far more important than looks when it comes to choosing a partner, but we still find ourselves drawn to the shiny object across the room.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> 7ea5f80f1d307af948469efc001e76c7 Too Good to Be True for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/03/20/too-good-to-be-true-7e6fe Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Hannah says she always knew she'd write to me someday. "I always thought I'd be writing to you about my love and my relationship with my husband, but he ruined my life. Let me start at the beginning."</p> <p>Hannah says when she first saw Jackson across a crowded bar during a dart league, he was someone she "wanted/needed to meet. He was bright, handsome, charming and just adorable."</p> <p>She was married at the time with two baby girls. But the relationship progressed, and less than two years later, they ran away to a romantic island and got married in front of 20 family members.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> 0cb312f61802b8d3a30bd03729ad1e5a This ATM Is Outta Cash for 03/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/03/20/this-atm-is-outta-cash-f8222 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We recently heard from Charlotte, who was living with her twice-divorced boyfriend. He was 51; she was 44. He told her his first wife cheated and he and his second wife "grew apart." They have sex about once a week.</p> <p>Five months ago, he started spending a lot of time online. She was suspicious and checked his browsing history. He'd been looking at sex webcams daily and checking out lesbian personal ads on Craigslist, along with an ad for a woman seeking a man and an ad for a marriage counselor.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> 03bca3324802d0002472ac893e44e2d7 Is There Such a Thing as a Little (Off) White Lie? for 03/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/03/20/is-there-such-a-thing-as-a-little-off-white-lie Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you put your best picture ever on your online profile, is that lying?</p> <p>If you don't mention an arrest for public nudity under "What Makes Me Special," is that lying?<p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> d71aefebeee6d6c6e89076a9c3ead4a9 Does the Cook County Hospital Cafeteria Have a Liquor License? for 03/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/03/20/does-the-cook-county-hospital-cafeteria-have-a-liquor-license-d1d4d Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Most first dates involve eating or drinking. And the man usually picks the spot. It tells a lot about him. Does he choose someplace very hip or someplace out of the way?</p> <p>Chelsea's date chose someplace out of the way &#8212; way, way out of the way.</p> <p>CHELSEA: We met online. He told me he knew a fantastic place to have lunch and wanted to keep it a secret. I went along. I even let him pick me up (after I gave his cellphone number and email address to my girlfriend).<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> e857c59b20b79b9422dcc1ec920fb50f Taking Yes for an Answer for 02/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/02/20/taking-yes-for-an-answer-9150d Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We recently heard from "Skeptical," who wondered if he had reason to suspect his wife was cheating or if he was just being paranoid. </p> <p>His evidence included numerous calls to an old boyfriend, whom she claimed she wasn't in contact with, hundreds of texts to a different man and a "platonic" date with a third man that lasted till 3 a.m. </p> <p>Other red flags included a conveniently lost cellphone and imaginary friends who were supposed to back up her story but didn't actually exist. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> 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>