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, 09 Dec 2019 17:20:52 -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 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> 56693955899c2f0783760149c14a90b4 And Then She Smiled ... for 10/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/10/19/and-then-she-smiled- Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you ever been on a date that seemed to be going so well until ... </p> <p>ANDY: I met her in a bar, which happened to be very dark. She was blond with a smokin' body. We talked for a few minutes and then she and her girlfriends had to leave. Before she left, I got her number. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 04, 2019</p> a3745a64c9e9ffbda900cb2370c51774 A Happy Ending After a Bad Beginning and a Worse Middle for 09/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/19/a-happy-ending-after-a-bad-beginning-and-a-worse-middle Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Matt's drinking and jealousy began while he and Tracee were dating and escalated after they were married. He accused her of flirting with everyone from his nephew to their pastor. He tried to isolate her from her friends and family.</p> <p>Three years into their marriage, she got pregnant. "I gave birth to our son three months early because of the stress. The baby stayed in the hospital for three and a half months. I stayed in the hospital for two weeks after the birth.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 27, 2019</p> e20d92fee7133968eef9a55402613281 What Happens When You Don't Listen to Your Mother for 09/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/19/what-happens-when-you-dont-listen-to-your-mother Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Tracee was 22 when she met Matt. Her best friend was dating his friend, so they saw each other at parties. "We danced all the time, but I always declined his invitations to date because I was living with someone. I was attracted to him, but I thought he was a bit too old for me. He was 35."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Still, a few years later, they started to date and got married. This was despite the fact that many, many red flags were waving right in Tracee's face.</span><p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> 50dff963693f4ae8c21695ee386c8e74 From Russia, but No Love for 09/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/19/from-russia-but-no-love Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Six years ago, Andy met Bethany, the woman he calls his "soul mate." They moved in together.</p> <p>"She was the woman whom I fully intended to grow old with. I loved her more than life itself. She was my world."<p>Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019</p> 2750a9fe525a97602cab5bc37eb64b07 Grumpy Old Men -- and Women for 09/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/09/19/grumpy-old-men-and-women Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You'd think that by their sixth decade, men and women would have found a way to peacefully coexist. Such is not the case. The war of the sexes continues among the AARP generation.</p> <p>Eddie: I'm 61 years old and single. I find women boring. They're too concerned with finding someone who can buy them happiness and a lifestyle to contribute anything of charm or substance to a date.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 06, 2019</p> de048d59c5f5e3e1af9b5892f6f887d8 The Cons May Change, but Con Artists Are Forever for 08/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/19/the-cons-may-change-but-con-artists-are-forever Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The Nigerian Prince seems to be on vacation, but his relatives are alive and well and burning up the internet ...</p> <p>JOHN: My cellphone pinged one morning at 4 a.m. An email informed me that my sister was in the U.K. and had been the victim of a robbery. All of her cash and credit cards had been taken, and she wasn't allowed to leave London until she paid her hotel bill, so could I please be a good brother and wire her $1,500 via Western Union? Of course, she would pay me back as soon as she returned to the States.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 30, 2019</p> a4210d69706732fd665e475a923c5222 'For Better or Worse' ... Really? for 08/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/19/for-better-or-worse-really Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's column addresses some very difficult issues: namely, what does "for better or worse" really mean and can a person really deny their sexuality?</p> <p>These issues were brought up by Jessie, who wanted to stay married to Chris even after he acknowledged he was gay and had had an affair with a man.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> 38ac55158d53c979e89a30be46d77eae Some Vows Need to Be Broken for 08/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/19/some-vows-need-to-be-broken Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite knowing he was gay and had already had an affair with a man, Jessie was determined to honor her wedding vows.</p> <p>"I think we both wanted to stay married. <span class="column--highlighted-text">I wanted him to stop cheating on me and breaking our vows. It didn't matter with whom he was cheating, man or woman.</span>"<p>Updated: Fri Aug 16, 2019</p> bc9d108419ac2600fbafc46272ce1f2a If It Tells You It's a Duck, It's a Duck for 08/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/19/if-it-tells-you-its-a-duck-its-a-duck Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Jessie says her husband Chris "alluded" to being gay at different times during their 21-year marriage. She never took him seriously, although she did become suspicious a few years before he came out to her. </p> <p>"I'd lost a lot of weight, and I had total strangers checking me out, but I didn't see that same interest in my own husband's eyes. Even before that, he would sometimes turn down my flirtatious invitations. I dismissed this &#8212; until I lost all that weight. Then I knew I wasn't the problem."<p>Updated: Fri Aug 09, 2019</p> 5062e82d9cba84189619eddeabf75b61 The Flotsam and Jetsam of a Relationship Gone Bad for 08/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/08/19/the-flotsam-and-jetsam-of-a-relationship-gone-bad-be27c Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the immortal words of Neil Sedaka, "Breaking up is hard to do." There's the emotional pain to deal with, of course, that constant throbbing pain in the heart. But there are physical reminders, too. The dirty sock under the bed. The toothbrush in the medicine chest. A nightgown stuffed in a drawer. A jar of anchovies you never would've bought. The dregs of a bottle of Baileys Irish Creme. All evidence that someone has come, and gone. I asked you to tell me some of the things you got stuck with, and here's what you said: </p> <p>ABBY: "One time, a guy left a pack of cigarettes containing only two or three, and then he called me a week later saying he wanted to come over and get them. <span class="column--highlighted-text">I told him I had thrown them out and would do the same to him if he tried to come over.</span>" <p>Updated: Fri Aug 02, 2019</p> 7e28884e6577a730699c5dec76cc296f From Happy to Sad and in Between for 07/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/07/19/from-happy-to-sad-and-in-between-6d617 Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's mailbag brings happy stories (love comes along when you least expect it), sad stories (your mother-in-law tries to one-up you) and everything in between ...</p> <p>INA: When it comes to men, I have 10 basic deal breakers. (And guess what. My ex broke each and every one, except for No. 6.) 1) Married. 2) Criminal history. 3) Addiction problem. 4) Lives with roommate of opposite sex. 5) Unemployed. 6) Lives at home with mom (who doesn't need him for medical reasons). 7) Has been married more than twice. 8) Is in debt. 9) Has history of infidelity. 10) Has children he doesn't support. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 26, 2019</p>