Whom You’re Seen With

Psychology Today on “mate copying,” among the many elements of attraction: To put it bluntly: The woman likes the taken guy more than the single guy. Mate copying has been documented countless times among non-human…

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What’s Sex Got to Do with Dancing?

As a 25-year-old, one of my regrets was to reach that age not knowing how to dance. Oh, I could “move,” as we called it. Early ‘80s dancing was all about flinging parts of your…

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Building With Blocks

This morning, in the middle of his math lessons, my son announced that subtraction was easier than addition. He rattled off a few equations to show how simple it was to remove one number from another…

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A Palin Donnybrook?

All this tittering over the Palin family’s alleged fisticuffs at a neighbor’s house has me saying “meh.” I may be even a little envious, in fact. Years ago, I read some author’s recollection of his Brooklyn…

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Sometimes You Have to Do It Yourself

RV life meant giving up my driveway and tools, but here’s a picture of why I still change my own oil: The filter on the left is what Jiffy Lube put on my Yukon the day I…

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Welcome, Catholic Moms

If you dropped in after reading Celeste Behe’s review at CatholicMom.com: Welcome! I’ve been praying for word about my book to spread among the orthodox Christian mothers of the world. You’re the remnant whose steadfast…

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If Kids Misunderstand Money, Maybe They Misunderstand Sex for the Same Reason

In an OECD-sponsored study: “Just one in 10 of the students surveyed could answer the toughest financial-literacy questions on the 2012 survey, such as the impact of income-tax brackets on people’s finances.”  “American teens were…

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A Lesson in Connectivity

Ever broke a social rule without meaning to? Here’s one I didn’t learn about until later in life. It’s the unwritten rule that when a man meets a couple in a social setting, he should…

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It Was Supposed to Be for Grown-Ups

Before publishing Sex: What Your Parents Didn’t Tell You, I leaned on friends and acquaintances to read it first. A number of them obliged, and then they did something I never expected. They gave it to…

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You Have a Book in You, Too

Why haven’t you written yours? Here was my excuse: Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) had four younger siblings. Three died in squalor, one of them at seven weeks’ age. McCourt himself almost died of typhoid at…

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