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 Thu, 23 May 2019 21:05:27 -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 b12cc01cca34b5d5773c5822463011bb Yogi Berra Was Right for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/yogi-berra-was-right Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's not over till it's over. It's not over after 40 years of an abusive marriage. It's not over after five years of being divorced. It's not over after unsuccessful dating.</p> <p>Nancy had been unhappily married for a very long time, over 40 years. Her husband had been abusive, and she finally got the strength to leave him.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> 46e1d04375a0e07008d705e8b34e0598 When Wacky Turned Dangerous for 05/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/when-wacky-turned-dangerous Sun, 19 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We return today to the tale of Matt and his psycho wife, Amanda. </p> <p>In the two years they lived in their house, Matt estimates the locks were changed approximately 15 to 20 times. "I had to break in several times because she changed them and didn't tell me. She told me I didn't need a key and that there are lots of husbands who don't have them. <p>Updated: Sun May 19, 2019</p> 08f355f1184b81d4caf4963a71834880 He Had an Out and Didn't Take It for 05/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/he-had-an-out-and-didnt-take-it Sat, 18 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We recently had a tale of a psycho bitch that I thought was pretty darn scary. But Matt says his "saga" makes that one seem like "a fairy tale out of a Disney pop-up book." </p> <p>Matt says his attraction to Amanda was simple. "She was blonde." He was 36 when they met, and she was 37. After dating just a few months, Amanda got pregnant and Matt "panicked."<p>Updated: Sat May 18, 2019</p> 51e33b58c9ea8066914971e47d1a6879 She Wanted to Spice Up Her Marriage and Wound Up Needing Pepper Spray for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/she-wanted-to-spice-up-her-marriage-and-wound-up-needing-pepper-spray Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After 25 years, a marriage can go stale. That was the state of Andie's marriage when she met Brian. He was a photographer with a distinguished resume, and she decided to have him take some "glam" photos. What she got instead was her life turned upside-down.</p> <p>"I wanted something a little ''blue' to spice up my marriage. He sent me some of the initial photos. They were great. I asked him what I owed him. Apparently, he felt I owed him 'dating.' I was married! 'Dating was not an option. All I was doing was trying to save my marriage. We argued for a month, to no avail."<p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> 018d2e22f65061051c5cc4f3c4966479 The One Subject You Can't Compromise On for 05/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/the-one-subject-you-cant-compromise-on Sun, 12 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It wasn't as if Lizzie and Ryan didn't really know each other that well. They had dated for eight years before they married. And Lizzie says they discussed the issue of having children "quite often" early in their relationship and then again shortly before they married. They both wanted children, but not just then. Even though she was 31 when they married and Ryan was 30, they weren't ready.</p> <p>"I wanted to go back to school to complete my degree, and he wanted to be further along in his career before we had a child. When we got married, we were still struggling with bills and jobs. We were trying to build a foundation, so we agreed to wait until I finished school."<p>Updated: Sun May 12, 2019</p> afb372669676374b6bb57c55ca3c0cab She's a Three-Time Winner for 05/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/shes-a-three-time-winner Sat, 11 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: My first husband died, and I remarried a man who adopted my five children. He also died after we shared a wonderful marriage. I was very lonely after my children married, and I married for the third time to a wonderful, caring man.</p> <p>The problem is this: What should my children call him? He's their stepdad, and I believe that, out of respect, they should call him Dad. But they insist on calling him by his first name, Mike. My 10 grandchildren also call him Mike, even though they love him very much. This has been a point of contention.<p>Updated: Sat May 11, 2019</p> 62e821353a142ff3b1da3ed2fdf50081 How Much Is a Stay-at-Home Spouse Worth? for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/how-much-is-a-stay-at-home-spouse-worth Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We recently heard from Melanie, a stay-at-home wife and mother for most of her 27-year marriage. One day, her husband, David, cut off her household allowance and told her to get a job. </p> <p>It brought up the subject of what a stay-at-home spouse contributes to a marriage and what it's worth. Here's what you had to say:<p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p> c66339733d8b73d6dc2e23f31361bdb0 He Wanted to Supersize Her for 05/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/he-wanted-to-supersize-her Sun, 05 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There comes that moment in some relationships when you know it's love. And then, in some relationships, there comes the moment when you know it's over.</p> <p>JESSIE: I knew it was over when my boyfriend said, "She'll have the supersize" when ordering my McDonald's meal on our way to Florida. He had previously always made me eat diet food and work out with him. I knew there had to be a reason why he didn't care what I looked like anymore. He was done with me, so I could eat all the fried food I wanted &#8212; and supersize it to boot! <p>Updated: Sun May 05, 2019</p> 4350d83681747b62eb962edc702ada05 She Called His Bluff: Part II for 05/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/she-called-his-bluff-part-ii Sat, 04 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When Melanie's well-to-do husband, David, cut off her household allowance and wanted her to work at the only job she could get &#8212; at a big-box store &#8212; she began divorce proceedings. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Three hours before they were scheduled to appear in court, David begged her to call off the divorce.</span></p> <p>"He said he'd realized that he couldn't live without me and was willing to give me whatever I wanted to keep me. He told me to quit my crummy job and said I would become an equal partner in our finances and that both of our names would be on everything. He agreed to take classes in anger management. He said I should find him a class, and he'd take it.<p>Updated: Sat May 04, 2019</p> 568b0cf5c37124a0a5b152aa4dd4a354 She Called His Bluff for 05/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/05/19/she-called-his-bluff Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Melanie says her husband, David, is a professional man and has always earned a good income. Melanie was basically a stay-at-home mom. But after the kids were "launched," David suggested she look for a job. She was 50 at the time, and David was 52. They'd been married for 27 years. </p> <p>"I looked around a bit, but there wasn't anything suitable available." Melanie had a 27-year-old college degree and no recent work experience. "If we'd been in a financial crisis, I would have pitched in however I could, but that wasn't the case. As a matter of fact, David claimed his business was up because of his competitors' going out of business." <p>Updated: Fri May 03, 2019</p> 2421995d267ee630a61626b3941fa7d0 Why Men Should Do Their Own Laundry for 04/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/why-men-should-do-their-own-laundry Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of her 23-year marriage, Carrie supported the family while Matt "chased his dreams" and "ran around like a 15-year-old." </p> <p>As he got older, he became distant and started criticizing everything she did and how she looked. He would call her names. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 28, 2019</p> b5850683c375f38f041465d02173302e Used Wives Can't Be Discarded Like Used Tissues for 04/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/used-wives-cant-be-discarded-like-used-tissues Sat, 27 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I should be celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary in a few weeks, but four months ago, my husband Jack told me he wants to split. <p>Updated: Sat Apr 27, 2019</p> 6b2e617c412e5ce1636a5e1ae4846cf0 Light at the End of the Divorce Tunnel for 04/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/light-at-the-end-of-the-divorce-tunnel Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Divorce is right up there with death, illness, natural and unnatural disasters and financial hardship as one of the most traumatic events anyone can go through. But Julie and Amy are here to show that you can get through it. </p> <p>JULIE: I've been going through the divorce process. I have a jerk of a soon-to-be-ex-husband who thinks he can just walk away and not pay for what he did. He still thinks he can control me, but I will not allow it. I will not walk away with nothing. I will walk away with what I deserve and nothing less. I will walk away with my head up, and I'll be a better, stronger person when it's all done. I will never let another man treat me like that ever again.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 26, 2019</p> 819c7e4762c6cea16f60f41f71ae8c6f Take This Man and Shove Him for 04/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/take-this-man-and-shove-him Sun, 21 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: I've been in a relationship with a gentleman that I have loved for over 10 years. At the beginning of our friendship, he lived with a woman. He claimed it was just for convenience. He had a job, but the lady paid the bills and provided his alcohol, so he could lie around drunk. He didn't know how to manage his bills or pay the rent. It took him five years to move out. </p> <p>I hung in there because I loved him and believed in him. He has since moved in and out of two apartments within three months of signing a lease. He cannot manage his paycheck and doesn't seem able to pay his rent or his other bills. <p>Updated: Sun Apr 21, 2019</p> f853b85dcb215597001cddb41a9acbf7 This Was Almost a Dance to the Death for 04/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/this-was-almost-a-dance-to-the-death Sat, 20 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many men think they've met, dated, even married the Psycho Bitch from Hell. Justin really has. </p> <p>He met Nicole through friends who thought they'd be a good match. He was 30 at the time. She was 25. He was a lawyer. She was a dancer. He'd never been married. She was divorced.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 20, 2019</p> ddf64183dedcb4f63524f2c40cff43f9 How Miserable Do You Have to Be Before It's OK to Leave? for 04/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/how-miserable-do-you-have-to-be-before-its-ok-to-leave Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We recently heard from Lost. He and his wife married because she was pregnant. It's now 14 years and two daughters later, and he's miserable.</p> <p>Three years ago, he had an affair with Sandy, who was also married. When his wife found out, he ended the affair, telling Sandy he couldn't leave because of his daughters. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 19, 2019</p> 04c2bd24a8d9c8acbd2fda0aef40760a A Major Communication Failure for 04/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/a-major-communication-failure Sun, 14 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It seems the very least you owe your spouse before you ask for a divorce is the reason you want it.</p> <p>Charlie and Nancy have been divorced for six years, and he still doesn't know why she wanted out.<p>Updated: Sun Apr 14, 2019</p> 5bc24363a0874ea7825e9e153aa70c63 When Everything Is Nothing for 04/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/when-everything-is-nothing Sat, 13 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Cheryl: When we met, I was a little girl, 13 turning 14, and he was 16 and on his way to the Marines. I truly loved him. He was my everything. We had two kids and were living together after I was put out by my mother because she said she'd rather die than have a bunch of babies in her house. </p> <p>There was nothing to do but "put a ring on it." I thought getting married was the right thing to do. We had a third child.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 13, 2019</p> de3b3d1bdab3c69363009dc24d804be9 Take This Ring and Shove It: Part 2 for 04/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/take-this-ring-and-shove-it-part-2 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If the marriage goes south, you can always burn your wedding pictures. But what do you do with your rings? Throw them? Sell them? Give them away?</p> <p>JACK: I asked my buddy's wife, who worked in a jewelry store, to help me pick out an engagement ring. I wanted to surprise my girlfriend of three years. The ring was simple yet elegant, I thought, and priced right (two months' salary).<p>Updated: Fri Apr 12, 2019</p> bd4948d6a9b7e568acc3858c7c48256e It's Good to Be Friends With the Boss! for 04/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/tales-from-the-front/04/19/its-good-to-be-friends-with-the-boss Sun, 07 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Cathy had a feeling her husband Jack was having an affair with his boss, June. But each time she asked, he denied it. June was "just a friend."</p> <p>"When you spend all your time with someone and have no time for your family, something's going on."<p>Updated: Sun Apr 07, 2019</p>