How Two Bloggers Three States Apart Became One Heckuva Couple

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away—at least that’s how it feels today—a young man signed up for an account on an online journaling website. This was his first foray into blogging, a term that had been coined just a few years earlier. He wrote mostly about the minutiae of daily life. … Continue reading How Two Bloggers Three States Apart Became One Heckuva Couple

How August 22, 2011 Saved Me From Myself

August 22 is a seminal day in MarTar history. One that changed the course of our entire lives. We have lovingly come to refer to it as our “Boinkiversary.” We're the last of the true romantics! And today is a big one. Ten years, folks. I've shared this story before, so I won't go into … Continue reading How August 22, 2011 Saved Me From Myself

A Tree Stump By a Lake

There's an unassuming tree stump in a park I like to visit on my lunch hour. It's situated by a picturesque lake, surrounded by red cedars and Douglas firs. There is nothing special about this tree stump...except for the fact that it once served as the backdrop to a family Christmas card photo, many years ago. … Continue reading A Tree Stump By a Lake

My Bad Luck With Women: A Brief History

I had not planned on spending more than one post on my past dating woes, but there was some interest in hearing more, so what the hell? Maybe my bad luck in the past will help somebody else avoid a disastrous relationship in the future. Either that, or you'll all laugh at me. Things are great … Continue reading My Bad Luck With Women: A Brief History

This Time it was Really Right

By all accounts, I should be a very cynical man. But instead of shying away from the prospect of a second marriage, I embrace it with a confidence normally reserved for poets, philosophers, and greeting card manufacturers. Why is this so? Last night, my brother and his girlfriend/life partner flew into town for our wedding. … Continue reading This Time it was Really Right

5 Rules for Peaceful Cohabitation

One year ago today, I woke up to a living room that looked like this: Fortunately, it's considerably less cluttered today: Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Tara moving in. We were well aware of the date, and periodically throughout the day would recall where we were and what we were doing one year earlier. … Continue reading 5 Rules for Peaceful Cohabitation

Right Down The Line

During my trip to Ely in December 2011, Tara and I were shopping at Ridley's supermarket one evening, and a song started playing over the loudspeakers. It was an old 70s pop classic - Gerry Rafferty's "Right Down The Line." One of my favorite mellow pop hits from that decade. I turned to Tara and … Continue reading Right Down The Line

The Proposal That Wasn’t

Monday morning, a coworker approached my desk and congratulated me on my engagement to Tara. Twenty miles away, on the other side of the river, at about the same time, Tara was receiving similar felicitations. (Lovely word, that. First time I’ve ever used it in a sentence). This, following a weekend of “congratulations!” and well … Continue reading The Proposal That Wasn’t