Happy Anniversary

Six years ago today I did the smartest thing I’ve ever done and married Rachel. Happy anniversary, sweetheart! Since we’re both movie fans, we showed a preview trailer before the ceremony, like you see at the movie theater. Here it is, as cut together by my brilliant friend Don.

Cradle Robbing Worked for Me

Hi, I’m Jason, and this is my wife Rachel, who is 13 years younger than me. After the show, I’ll be available in the lobby for high-fives. On a related note, Chelsea Samelson at Acculturated asks, “What’s wrong with dating older men?” For most of human history, it was normal and even expected for a younger woman to wind up More …

Saying “I Love You” Without Knowing What It Means

I didn’t have time to write this up on Father’s Day because I was busy playing with my kids. That’s right — that’s how good a dad I am: even on a holiday that’s supposed to give me a break because of all my good fathering, I’m still bringing my patriarchal “A” game. But this was my first Father’s Day More …

A Post-Valentine’s Day Note to My Single Friends

Hey there, single friend. Now that all that Valentine’s Day ugliness is behind us, lean in close and let’s have a real heart-to-heart. I know, when a married person tries to give you “single people advice,” it usually goes like this: “Hey, I understand exactly how you feel. I really struggled with singleness for that week I broke up with More …

Love is a Choice

Acculturated examines the problems that arise for single people when they spend their dating lives searching for their “soul mate”: The soul mate ideal both raises barriers of entry to those seeking to enter relationships, and harms existing relationships. First, our obsession with finding our soul mate twists how we seek a mate. It tempts us to set unbelievably high More …

Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry about Your Explosive Diarrhea

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day, or as it was known around the Cynical Christian home this year, “Valentine’s and Painful, Explosive Diarrhea Day,” as yours truly was stricken with some mutant strain of stomach virus that probably originated in the darkest part of the Congo, most likely in the restroom of the Congo Arby’s. As I was More …