(Departed) soul mates???

This is one of the more unusual relationship breakup stories to pop up. An Irish Jack Sparrow impersonator who married the ghost of a pirate has revealed she has split from her 300-year-old hubby. Earlier this year Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, said she’d found her “soulmate” in a Haitian pirate from the 1700s who was executed for thieving on the high seas. The loved-up couple were legally married by a shaman priest in a boat off the Irish coast in international waters. But now the mum from Drogheda, Co Louth, has revealed the unlikely union is over. Posting on social media

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Women, marriage, motherhood, and feminism – an inescapable conundrum?

Aaron Clarey, writing at Captain Capitalism, has a quirky, iconoclastic view of life, the universe and everything.  His books bear that out.  He’s opinionated, unafraid to challenge established views, and firmly opposed to much modern political correctness and social justice perspectives.  He can come across as abrasive and rude at times, too . . . so much so that he’s named his business “***hole Consulting“, which tells you a lot, right there!  He describes himself on his Amazon.com author page as follows: Aaron Clarey is the world’s only motorcycle riding, ballroom dancing, fossil hunting, mountain climbing, economist. He spent 15 years in banking to learn

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Spelling it out

This cartoon made me laugh, and not just for its humor, but because the underlying problem is so real.  Click it to be taken to a larger view at the strip’s home page. The difference between English-English and American-English can be startling – and they’re often scatological.  A couple of examples: I was having breakfast with a family in the Baltimore area in 1996, during my first visit to this country.  There were the father and mother, their teenage daughter, and myself.  I noticed that the daughter was picking the cherries out of her fruit salad and placing them on

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Truth in (modern) relationships?

This cartoon from Stephan Pastis made me both laugh and think over the weekend.  Click it to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site. It’s amusing, yes . . . but it’s also sadly true of what a lot of people look for in a relationship these days.  People seem to have lost sight of the fact that a romantic or courtship relationship (the latter not necessarily romantic) is for two people to come together to make one family;  two parts of a whole;  two faces of a single coin.  It’s not just about feelings, or

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That’s one way to do it

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of farm animals being used to further a romance.  No, it’s not what you think. Chris Gospel of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, got down on one knee in a field to ask for Eilidh Fraser’s hand in marriage. But the 30-year-old did not need to pop the question, as he enlisted the help of Curlytop the cow by writing “will you marry me?” on the animal’s body. Mr Gospel said: “She was a star. The writing was on the side and as were were walking up she was facing us. “Eilidh could see something written on

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