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The Story of the American Family

Illustration by Ellen Lupton

Here is a wonderful article, In Praise Of The Broken Home, written and illustrated by Ellen Lupton for the NY Times. From broken to blended, it is the continuing story of the American Family.

Back then, people routinely called families of divorce “broken homes,” yet a new phrase was already coming into play that cast a warmer light on the process of divorce and remarriage: “blended family.” As my own parents regrouped and remarried, they never used this kinder, gentler nomenclature, yet sociologists and psychologists were applying it in the ’60s and ’70s. Today it is common currency. Whereas “broken home” describes the destruction of an original family unit, “blended family” refers to the new marriages that sometimes follow. “Blended family” is about making, not breaking, and it implies a seamless melding of diverse ingredients. (Press “liquefy” on your Osterizer.)

Click HERE to read the article in it’s entirety.

Money Talks = Happy Marriage

Ron Lieber, writer of Your Money for The New York Times wrote, “Divorce tends to be emotionally gut-wrenching for the people who go through it (not to mention those around them). But most couples don’t realize that divorce can also be among the most ruinous financial moves anyone can make.

So how do we avoid divorce?  According to Lieber, you can lower your chances of divorce by talking about money before you get married.  He shares four specific topics he believes should be at the top of your discussion list and I’m sharing them here because I think they should be at the top of your discussion list whether you’re engaged, happily married, thinking about divorce, in the middle of a divorce, or somewhere in between.  Click here to read on.