Striving to be a Perfect Father

On Father’s Day, millions of men around the world receive gifts from their children, all manner of gifts: pens, ties, shirts, tickets and tools. Some of these gifts, such as T-shirts and mugs, display tributes such as “World’s Greatest Dad,” “Super Dad,” and “Dad of the Year.” I was very proud, a few years ago, […]

Ten years and still getting to know each other

My wife, Malathi, and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary. Yes, it’s been a whole decade since we  got married, a whole decade since we stood in front of family and friends, looked into each other’s eyes and thought, “Who is this person?” We hardly knew each other back then, having met through a matrimonial […]

Column: The key to a happy marriage: hiring a private detective

When youngsters ask me for career advice, I tell them to drop whatever they’re doing and become private detectives. They’d never run out of clients, especially if they specialize in marriage-related investigations (MRIs). While the other kind of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) helps you find out what’s wrong with your body, this kind of MRI […]

Column: An elevator ride that’s lasted eight years

My wife and I just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and let me tell you, I haven’t been this happy since my dentist announced his retirement. We made it past seven years! Our marriage didn’t fall victim to the dreaded seven-year itch, which has broken up more relationships than Jack Daniel’s and Johnnie Walker combined. […]

Don’t look down on this proposal

There are many ways to propose to a woman, some more creative than others. I hid the engagement ring in a shell that Malathi found at the beach. Yeah, I know: Not very original. Joel Doerksen of Manitoba, Canada, did much better. He spent several hours using a cultivator to carve the words "Christine, will […]

Time to work on that upper face

Having trouble attracting women? Here’s some advice: Put your head in a vise. With a compressed upper face, you’ll have to beat off the women with a stick. A recent study of the skulls of human ancestors and modern humans finds that women, and thereby, evolution, selected for males with relatively short upper faces. The […]

If your marriage fails, don’t hang out

What happens if your marriage goes sour but you can’t afford to move into a place of your own? It’s not a question I ponder often, but two recent stories have made me think about it. Steven Graham, a 55-year-old man in Pittsburg, Kansas, has been living in his car for seven years, much to […]