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Ever Wonder Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe? Here’s Your Answer

Outside of gifting fruitcake, kissing under the mistletoe may be the most curious holiday tradition people observe. 

So why do people hang up the white-berried plant every year and smooch when they’re under it? In the TED-Ed video above, botanist Carlos Reif schools viewers on the mythology and biology of the mysterious “kissing plant.” 

“With its resilience and foliage that stays lush even while the surrounding trees lose their leaves, mistletoe fascinated our ancestors,” Reif explains. “They saw this as signs of the plant’s magical qualities and fertility.”

Watch the video above for more of mistletoe’s fascinating story. 

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3 Reasons Tightening Movie Theater Security isn’t the Answer

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Visiting an actual movie theater for the first time in years was a strange, if not relatively unpleasant experience. The snack bar girl itched red welts on her arms that made me wary of seat cushion bedbugs. Movie previews advertised a phone app alerting older people with sensitive bladders when a boring scene came on so they could go pee.

The fact that hatchet wielding, gun toting maniacs have chosen movie theaters as locations for bloodbaths in Aurora Colorado (12 killed/ 70 injured/ Batman/ 2012), Lafayette, LA ( 2 killed/ 9 wounded/ Trainwreck/ July 2015) and Nashville, Tenessee (1 hatchet scraping/Fury Road/August 2015) feels slightly absurd. Mainstream movie theater audience members in the majority of theaters across the country are often the elderly, children and other individuals with an occasional old school fetish for real movie theaters. Movie theaters are no longer locations that seem ingrained in the American psyche. Few people can imagine themselves being bludgeoned in a movie theater, because fewer people go.

Tightening Big Brother style security in these locations will ensure even fewer people go, and movie theaters will deteriorate more. It is an ineffective, knee jerk, band aid reaction to what is hopefully a passing copycat lunatic fad. However, theaters across the country are setting new security measures in stone.

Regal Cinemas recently instituted mandatory bag checks in its 156 theaters nationwide. Showcase Cinemas (owned by National Amusements), in Connecticut completely banned backpacks and packages. Off the charts security measures ranging from metal detectors to TSA scans in movie theaters are being proposed by everyone from legislators to CEO’s.

Tighter security measures may border on civil rights violations, paves the way for 1984 brand mechanisms to be put in place in public spaces and deteriorates our chances of retaining our humanity. Turning public places into fortresses ultimately increases tension and escalates, rather than deters, violence.

The appropriate response to surreal madness is not to match it with more surreal madness. Here are some reasons why….

Three Reasons Tightening Movie Theater Security isn’t the Answer


1) Bag Searches are a Killjoy:
There is pleasure left in movie theaters—particularly in art theaters in larger cities that have retained old school style and charm. It’s still possible to sit in a theater and fantasize about being magically transformed into the lusty heroine on the screen, to become transfixed by an elegant landscape, enamored with the amplified echo of ice cubes clinking in crystalline glasses of scotch.

Security rifling through your bags can put a serious damper in the dreamscape of movie theaters. (They also make it impossible to bring bootleg store bought jolly ranchers and sour patch kids through the door.)

More importantly, bag searches just set precedence for more interference. Although airports may be appropriate places for metal detectors, TSA scans and the occasional body cavity search–movie theaters are not.

2) These Responses are Profoundly Ineffective. No axe wielding, gun toting, pepper spray sporting disgruntled American wanna be cartoon villain or psychopath is going to be deterred by a bag search. James Holmes walked out a back door in Aurora to get his weapons and reentered the theater through the same door with them before opening fire. Lafayette’s John “Rusty” Russel Houser had a gun on his person but left and returned through a side door. Vincente Montano, admittedly, did bring his pepper spray and hatchet in two backpacks—but if back checks were instituted, it’s likely he would have found another way.

Doing bag checks is a silly gesture, at best. Movie theater security staff peeking into bags will do nothing to keep weapons out. It will only make patrons more anxious.

3) There are bigger fish to fry here. Ramping up security anywhere a mentally impaired, deranged, racist or psychotic person has gone on a rampage and killed people in the US in recent years would require psycho security in elementary schools, churches, synagogues, as well as movie theaters. Creating more barriers as a reaction to large scale violence is fruitless. Maniacs can slip through the cracks anywhere, and there are no barriers without cracks. Turning ourselves into a well walled country, gives us even less of a chance to address deeper problems and retain our dignity as people. We should not be looking at how to fortify ourselves against gun violence, or mentally ill people running amok, after the fact—but addressing the underlying causes of those issues, first, before the chaos occurs. The fact that we aren’t is sad.

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24 Questions Black People Need White People To Answer, Like Right Now

“Do y’all really think Miley is the one who created twerking? Really?”

This is just one of “24 Questions Black People Have For White People,” according to a new video released by Buzzfeed.

Five black people pose questions that open dialogue around white privilege, appropriation and more. Some other necessary questions they ask are: “Why is it that white crime is seen as an isolated incident but black crime is a representation of my entire community,” or “Why do you want to say the N-word so badly” and ”Why is it that white people always act as though they’ve discovered a new trend when people of color have been doing it for virtually years?”

White people often appropriate black culture without giving us credit — from slang words we created to the hairstyles we rock – and we want to know why!

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Catalyst Wedding Magazine Is The Answer To Our Feminist Prayers

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Liz Susong and Carly Romeo, founders of the new Catalyst Wedding Magazine, felt it was time the bridal industry had a “feminist disruption.” Their magazine, which launches later this month, aims to do just that.

Instead of just featuring the white, wealthy heterosexual couples that usually grace the pages of popular bridal publications, Catalyst celebrates the underrepresented: people of color, diverse bodies, same-sex couples and the many, many people who can’t spend anywhere close to $ 40,000 on a wedding.

“Carly and I see a need for a magazine that publishes real, authentic love celebrations and diverse love stories that doesn’t allow advertising revenue to drive its content,” Susong told The Huffington Post.

In March, Susong, a “progressive” wedding planner, and Romeo, a feminist wedding photographer, set up a Kickstarter page to raise funding for the project. They surpassed their original goal of $ 8,500, ultimately raising $ 13,490.

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Susong explained to HuffPost that Catalyst considers itself feminist on three counts: representation, roles and rights.

“Part of our mission is to increase diverse representation in wedding media,” she said. “We want to see all sorts of couples and bodies being presented in full-color, beautiful print! The editorial content engages in critical dialogue around wedding traditions and the industry at large, especially around gendered roles in the wedding planning process.”

And while Susong says the publication is a “strong voice in favor of marriage equality,” she explained that Catalyst is not a gay wedding magazine.

“We’re not just looking for a new niche market to sell glitter to!” she said. “We’re celebrating authentic love and community — no strings attached.”

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Some of the features in the first issue include “Let’s Ditch The Diet,” “What Makes A Rebellious Bride” and a personal essay titled “Here In Your Love” about planning a wedding while writing a Ph.D. dissertation. And then, of course, there are the beautiful real wedding photo spreads featuring couples not traditionally pictured in mainstream bridal print publications.

“It’s important to us that the magazine is in print because while some offbeat wedding resources exist online, we rarely get to see diverse bodies in beautiful, full-color print spreads,” Susong said. “Magazines provide a tactile experience, and all of the couples together in the magazine tell one story. We think that’s really special!”

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Susong and Romeo say they are aiming to produce two volumes a year, with the second issue coming out in January 2016. So far, they have sold around 600 copies of the first issue — and counting.

You can order your copy of Catalyst here. Orders will begin shipping Memorial Day weekend.

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Finding the Answer That’s Been There All Along: How to Discover the Direction With Wings

True desire is where everything begins.

I have a story to share with you about decorating my living room that isn’t really about decorating my living room. It’s about a miracle. It’s about getting unstuck. It’s about your career, your marriage, your weight, or maybe your living room.

I had been looking at my living room for months, feeling meh on the high end of the spectrum, and I am suffering a small plague on the other. Hoping for creative ideas, I started looking at houses online, even homes in other states. It felt a little bit like scoping out Match.com while your husband gropes through the refrigerator, commenting on how you could arrange the shelves differently. Romantic walks on beaches. I’d be checking out the dimensions of that living room, then noticing my own. I quickly learned, that every living room looks great with 900-foot ceilings or wall to wall windows and an ocean view. I have neither.

Paul, my partner, started dreaming about ripping up the ceiling and creating a loft above. Awesome, but way beyond what my overwhelmed mind and bank account had in mind. Realizing that really remodeling was just creating stress, Paul offered magic words: “What if there’s just one simple thing you can do, just to change the energy? What if there’s one thing that starts moving us in the right direction?” So I started looking around and imagining a new shade of paint, couch, or an unusual light fixture. But nothing clicked.

I felt tangled and impatient, a bad combination for courting revelations. Maybe you’ve felt this, with more important life decisions: I wanted change, but I didn’t want to put time into it. I wanted change, but I didn’t want to put money into it. I wanted change, but I didn’t even know what I really wanted to do. Pity our psychotherapists and God.

So I returned to my original desire. I want this room to feel great to me. That’s all I knew. “Don’t think about this room,” Paul suggested. “Just think about what would feel like what you want.”

I started thinking about what did feel great. I have a back room, an extension to our home built back in the 1920s. I love its energy. It’s got a quirky, formidable, black wood burning stove on its own little brick platform. But the best part of that room is an entire wall of exposed brick, uneven texture and happiness, worn solidity and a poetic karma you can’t find in new construction. I fell in love with that room years ago, winking its old house charm at me. It’s why I bought the house.

“I’d love something like that, an exposed brick wall,” I said to Paul, as though he could magically order one up out of a Home Beautiful catalog and have it shipped or maybe blink his eyes like a cartoon genie. It was preposterous. True desires often are.

But you know how when you start to focus on something you want, you start to notice all the reasons you want it? I began to notice movie scenes with people who had cool lives and living rooms. They often had exposed brick walls. Naturally this meant they had superior conversations, cheese, sex, iPads and income levels. It was just subliminal shorthand.

One day, standing in the living room, I was again talking to Paul about painting walls. Paul looked like he wasn’t listening (which by the way would never happen to people who lived in cool living rooms). He was staring at the fireplace in the living room and the large plaster wall (which I’d painted purple, “blueberry yogurt” says a friend) above it. It jutted out from the rest of the blueberry yogurt walls. “You know,” he began. “That wall that juts out is probably plaster over the chimney to the fireplace.” He stared intently. “Mmm,” I said as though he was beginning to explain the periodic tables to me, when, really, I was more interested in end tables.

“Well, if it is the original chimney to the house, then it’s probably brick.” I still didn’t follow his thinking yet, because, there is the small possibility that I was too busy judging him. So he spelled it out. “If we break off that plaster wall, you might have an exposed brick wall.”

Could it be? I was afraid to get my hopes up. But even the thought of the possibility was a rush. We decided to try our theory. We have a large wooden Buddha face from a Thai temple who hangs on the wall above the fireplace. We decided to poke a tiny hole in the plaster wall, figuring that even if we were wrong, Buddha could hide the emptiness and imperfection. It seemed appropriate.

Paul chipped away a hole, kind of like a baby bird pecking through a shell. Sure enough, there was a tiny hint of red brick, a rustic ruby, peeking back at us from the hole. It was like a bindi, the holy red dot on an Indian woman’s forehead, and to me, it was every bit as devotional. I gasped. My crazy, improbable desire might actually come true.

The next day, after an all-day meeting, I came home to find Paul covered in the white dust of plaster. He looked like a crazed baker. He smiled at me as I beheld his “cake.” We had an exposed brick wall above the fireplace. Worn out brick. Textured brick. Brick that changed the whole vibe of the living room, even more than I imagined. I couldn’t believe it. Who needed a fantasy genie or a stinking catalog? Real life was the real miracle.

The answer had been there all along. It had always been there. I’ve lived in this house for 17 years. It’s always been there. This house is over 100 years old. Really, it’s always been there. But I never would have discovered it if I kept looking at the room I thought was there. In A Course in Miracles, there is the teaching that a miracle is about “undoing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence.” In English, that means a miracle, the presence of a loving perspective or resolution, is always present. But you have a belief in the way. You have an assumption in the way. You have a way of seeing in the way. I had a thick purple plaster wall in the way.

I was trying to decorate the room I believed existed. But it was only when I asked what I really wanted that I found a direction that had wings. It wasn’t about fitting a solution into my existing circumstances. It was about finding an answer or direction that changed my existing circumstances. So, are you ready to design your life? Never mind your current situation. What do you really want?

As a creative career and success coach, I see this repeatedly. I ask someone, “What do you love to do?” They tell me “I have an MBA and I’m in advertising.” Or “I’m a paralegal.” They tell me what they’ve been. What they’re trained for. Their age. They do not tell me about the destiny that is hunting them down. They do not initially admit that they’d like to leave it all and ride an elephant in Thailand. They do not mention the movie script that runs in their veins. Or their instinct to start a foundation.

“What do you love?” I ask. They treat me like I’m pretending to be Santa Claus, despite the fact that I am Jewish as well as serious as chicken soup about this question. I know that their real desire is the only way we will ever find the truth. The truth is there. The truth has energy to take them into the fierce lives in which they belong. Every limit they believe is true, will bow before the real truth within them. There is a truth. There is always a truth.

There is always a brick wall underneath your plaster. There is always the presence of everything you want, covered by the familiar. It’s waiting for you. It’s been there all along. There’s an astonishment beneath your confusion and habitual way of thinking. There is another way to see this situation. Let go of your grip on what you think the situation is. There is always love awaiting you, beyond every single fear.

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Bill Cosby Says He Won’t Answer To ‘Innuendos’

Before Bill Cosby took the stage at a sold-out theater in Melbourne, Florida on Friday night, he broke his silence on the recent sexual assault allegations.

While speaking with Florida Today, the 77-year-old comedian addressed the claims and revealed his reason for silence. “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby told the publication. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

In addition to the Florida Today interview, Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, released a statement to ABC News on Friday about his client:

“This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?”

Cosby has previously refused to answer questions regarding allegations that he sexually assaulted several women. In an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon broadcast on Nov. 15, Cosby shook his head and remained silent when asked to respond to the claims. Cosby also refused to respond to the AP’s Brett Zongker regarding the allegations, saying, “No, no, we don’t answer that.” He later requested, still on the record, that the AP interview be “scuttled.”

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The ‘Entrepreneur Magazine’ Small Business Answer Book

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Answers the most important questions any entrepreneur must face You’re starting a new business. You’re the boss. Who do you turn to for the answers to your really tough questions? With this book, new entrepreneurs can find those answers from the hard-earned experiences of other entreprises. Hailing from Entrepreneur Magazine, ‘the small business authority,’ it offers real world insight into the many issues that arise in any new venture. Jim Schell knows the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, he knows what works and what does not. Drawing on this experience, he has compiled a list of vital questions facing entrepreneurs, and provides the authoritative and practical answers that they’ll need to succeed. * Q & A format provides a quick reference to the biggest problems new entrepreneurs face * Covers important topics like getting started, finances, day-to-day operations, and dealing with employees. JIM SCHELL (Bend, Oregon) is an entrepreneur who has successfully started and grown 4 businesses: a sportswear manufacturing business that grew to USD25 million in sales, a sporting goods company, a fitness products business, and a racquetball club. He is the author of The Brass-Tacks Entrepreneur and Small-Business Management Guide.

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Are You Ready To Be A Parent? Answer These 4 Questions First

You don’t really think that having kids is just about baking brownies, buying cute little clothes, going to soccer games and reading bedtime stories, right? Far from it! It can be equal parts grueling and rewarding. Dr. Phil explains there is a level of emotional, financial and physical commitment that many don’t anticipate. Ask yourself these four questions to help determine if you’re ready to become a parent.

1. Have you thought of the long-term commitment?
Are you willing to make the sacrifices of money, emotion, sleep and energy, and put much of your life on hold for decades to come? There is an implied contract with the child that you are saying, “I will be your fiduciary. I will protect you along the way.” That takes a ton of work along with sacrifice after sacrifice.

2. Have you looked at it from your potential child’s point of view?
Babies don’t have a vote, so you need to look at all your circumstances from a baby’s point of view and ask: “Would I want you to be my mom or dad?” Are you in a position to offer a stable environment emotionally and financially? If you’re not ready, it’s your job to get ready before you bring a baby into this world.

3. Are you and your partner on the same page?
Do you and your significant other have a game plan for raising the child? Have you discussed and agree on discipline, religion and education? Who will take care of the child and who will work? Figure out a plan before you get pregnant.

4. Are you having the child for the right reasons?
Have you examined why you want to be a parent? Children shouldn’t be born with a job — like saving your marriage or giving you unconditional love, if that’s what you’re thinking. Think long and hard about your true motivations.

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Correspondent’s Weekend DC: The East Coast’s Answer to the Oscars?

Washington DC’s biggest fashion draw other than an inauguration just happened, and the fashion crowd jumped on it. It has been hashtagged “nerd prom” and gained momentum for branding of what was once a media gathering into a celebrity and fashion focus. The Acela from New York to DC was a cattle car of garment bag toting PR reps as personalities and brands started pushing their way into this celebration of the intelligentsia. The mad rush to be a part of the weekend seemed to contradict the origins but what is now being toted as the “Oscar’s of the East Coast” is more or less press for the press. From a fashion perspective there seemed to be three distinct categories: Hollywood being responsible, political players that have style and the DC hometown crowd.

Hollywood being responsible are the personalities who are showing an awareness to the power of DC. This weekend is a chance to get shown around like a bit of a trophy but at the same time raise awareness for causes close to their heart. They tend to be dressed in their own clothes or if they are being gifted by a brand then the choices are conservative. Unlike Los Angeles, DC tends to shun the overproduced facial features of Hollywood or a Real Housewife. To witness an aging starlet try to convince political and publishing titans of her agenda through a pair of lips that resemble a piece of bologna curling in a frying pan is a bit like watching a mime in an invisible box. DC is the place to talk about political and social platforms, and it is a bit distracting to see a subsection of this group teetering around in their Louboutin platforms. I was recently made an honorary woman by some friends and in that group there is no bashing other women so I want to make an effort to celebrate the women who do it right in DC. There are some Hollywood attendees that balance the glamour while staying respectful of the proceedings such as Rosario Dawson, Frieda Pinto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kerry Washington. These women are absolutely stunning and breathtaking in person while being approachable.

Political players that have style are a tight clique in DC. This is the mean girls club, and you got to give it to them: They own this town. I am mostly writing about women here, but this is one area where you can include gay men. They are educated, they have some sort of family heritage tied to the city and they never shop in DC. It is really strange because you want to think that behind the Ice Queen is an insecure person holding up a façade of toughness, but most times she really is that mean. I personally get a kick out of this crowd because without them DC would be like an ocean without sharks. Somebody has to be the queen of the fashion food chain. Because I love this group of OCD women\gay men so much there will be no naming names here, but that does not matter because they know who they are and will still strike at me next time we meet.

The DC hometown crowd are the heart and soul of this city. They either live here or have lived here and understand understated elegance. I will admit that there are some members of this group that still live in ill-fitting shift dresses with their bra straps showing, but as I recently began to count them at a brunch I stopped and felt disgusted a little with myself. These are the women that are usually mothers on top of all the other achievements in their lengthy resume because DC and the surrounding areas are a great place to raise a family. The access to the best cultural activities and the feeling of open skies are rare for a big city so it attracts women who are extremely aware of their environment but not necessarily flashy in their personal presentation. People tend to talk to me about fashion but drop the name of a private school or charity board into this group and suddenly Lanvin means nothing. What is most admirable about this group is they tend to dress body conscious in a healthy image and do not project the feeling that they are selling out. These women have it all — and while they are photographed to the point that fashion choices have impacts on their profile both socially and career wise — you just get the impression they are NOT checking press outlets the next morning to see whether they made best dressed.

The fashion future of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner weekend will be interesting but might have reached a tipping point. The glamorous family of Obama will be a hard act to follow for the next DC power couple and at this point honestly, we get it. There will be certain personalities and brands that find this to be a market you cannot buy your way into but you must fit the profile of the audience. DC is a market where substance outweighs flash and hopefully it will stay that way. So stay tuned for the next stop that the celebrity and fashion crowd will have their eyes on : Davos Fashion Week.
Style – The Huffington Post
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10 Questions Your Partner Still Needs To Answer

You’ve covered the hot-button topics: child-rearing philosophies, the true meaning of Christmas, your feelings about cilantro. But at a certain point, every couple needs to have the really tricky conversations.

By Amy Shearn

1. Why did you take so long to ask me on a second date?

In the beginning of a relationship, you don’t want to seem needy or nosy. Certain topics are simply not your business (not yet, anyway). So when Ed waited a few months to call you after the two of you met at a friend’s party, you assumed he had been seeing someone else. But you didn’t ask about it. You just went to dinner with him. Over time, you got to know one another. You grew closer. Your businesses mingled, and soon you were ” RachelAndEd.” As in, your friends say, “Who else should we invite? What about RachelAndEd?” Which is when it is finally the time to fill in the blanks, and ask what happened in that months-long gap between the first enchanting conversation by the guacamole bowl and when he actually called to see if you wanted to get dinner. Ed’s answer — he wanted to make sure your mutual friend was okay with his asking you out — could surprise you. And make you love him even more. As if that were possible.

2. What beloved dinner do you no longer love?

I was bursting with pride the first time I made my husband dinner and he adored it. The dish was called… drum roll, please…chicken and broccoli on rice. The secret ingredient is — shhh! — soy sauce. Actually, after the chicken and broccoli and rice, soy sauce is the only other ingredient. This meal has taken us through the lean years of graduate school (more rice than chicken), through times when we both worked full time (more chicken than rice), through our childrens picky-eating stages (hold the sauce). And then came the day that so many marriages eventually face. He looked at the chicken and broccoli and rice and couldn’t bring himself to eat another bite. I can’t blame him. I felt the same way. So don’t waste a perfectly good plate of bland food by failing to inquire: What dinner did he once love that he would now prefer never to eat again? And then, you tell him yours. This is a safe place. Get it out. You might just be saving your marriage from drowning…in soy sauce.

3. What do you think of therapy?

When the big things come up — career strife, dying family members, the various typical but nevertheless excruciating heartbreaks of everyone’s life — you need to know if talking to someone is an option. Is he up for bringing in outside help for the two of you, or even just the one of you (if that one needs it)? Or will he say, “Psychotherapy? Like for crazy people? Doesn’t that cost an awful lot?” Some people find clarity in talking out the big issues with an objective outside party. Others see the whole enterprise as futile, or invasive. It’s a conversation to have before you’re at that completely-overwhelmed-something’s-gotta-give point, when you’re still talking about the idea of therapy and not about the personal issue you can hardly think your way through.

4. What’s the number you’re not sharing?

His student-debt balance, his weight before you met, his 545 dusty Star Wars collectors’ items, his 3.2 gray hairs, the 365 letters to the editor he sends every year, his actual desired number of children, his 17 identical shirts… There is likely some number you don’t know about. It might be intimidating. It might be relieving. Either way, it’s bound to be revealing.

5. How are we going to take care of your parents?

No one wants to, but at some point we all have to put on our big-girl pants and manage to make a will, consider our future funerals, alert spouses to our feelings on plug-pulling. Maybe you’ve even thought about what will happen as your parents age, whether you’ll install some bars in your bath tub or rack up frequent-flyer miles. But have you two discussed what will happen as his parents age? (Bet you never thought about that one, did you?) Much has been written about the difficulties of caring for an elderly parent, but less about when the elderly (and often persnickety, uncomfortable, dissatisfied) parent is not yours. Are you in assumed line to be the de facto care giver for your already-crabby mother-in-law? Are you headed toward an argument with your husband’s sister about the merits of nursing care? Put a plan in place now for a smoother road ahead.

6. What’s boring you about your life?

The authors of the book The Normal Bar, an extensive survey on romantic relationships, found that “boredom was the reason 71 percent of unfaithful men and 49 percent of the women gave for acting on sexual temptation.” So please, yes, find out if he’s bored in bed. But also know what’s boring him about life in general. Have your weekends become a tedious tangle of other people’s agendas — children’s birthday parties, neighborhood obligations, lawn care, children’s birthday parties, oh and children’s birthday parties? Is he so sick of his pants he groans whenever he takes another pair of khakis out of the drawer? To paraphrase Mary Oliver, this is your one wild and precious life, people, and there is no time for the guy you love (or you) to be bored by pants.

7. If you could have any car in the world, what would it be?

Hey, you’re grown-ups. This might actually be within reach.

8. Can you smell this peanut butter?

Sounds strange, but a loss of the ability to smell may signal a larger health issue. Surely I don’t have to remind you that the ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve (all right, I only learned that two seconds ago). This explains why that guy I knew in college lost his ability to smell in a car wreck — apparently head trauma often damages this first cranial nerve. This also explains why smell is one of the first senses affected by cognitive decline. In fact, graduate students at the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste have found a link between a patient’s ability to smell and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. (They used peanut butter because it is an easy-to-access “pure odorant.”) While we don’t recommend self-diagnosing based on this early study, sniffing some PB with your S.O. may pave the way for some important conversations about health — yours, his, individual family histories and potential future shared histories.

9. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?

We all have our moments of career malaise. But when it’s not your own career, not your own malaise, it’s difficult to know what to say, other than, “Oh… Yeah… Man. That stinks. Sorry.” A more manageable way to discuss this is to start with specifics: What does your partner wish were different at work right now? What doesn’t your partner like? This avoids that big question: Do you want to quit and find a totally new career path? But it still gets him thinking, helps him list the things he actually wants to do and offers you insights into your partner’s unspoken life.

10. What’s the one (doable) thing you wish I’d stop doing?

Considering all the ways in which you might be annoying the bejesus out of your partner can be a little terrifying. Certainly, we could all be better people, better partners. I would like to be a kinder, more patient and giving person who is about 5 inches taller. There are other smaller things I do actually have control over, however, that I could actually change. For example, the tea bags. I am perpetually leaving old tea bags on the counter. My husband finds the resulting slimy counter-slugs to be most repellent, and is constantly saying, in a pointed, exaggeratedly patient way, “Are you done with this tea bag?” Perhaps, as a kind of gift to him, I could give him a weeklong reprieve. Tea bags will be doomed to immediate interment in the trash the moment they have finished steeping. This wild, new habit would not ever become my new state of being, we both know me too well by now to expect that. (After all, dunk that shriveled, secondhand tea bag in boiled water and you’ve got a perfectly acceptable cup of tea, and I mean, what, does he think tea grows on trees?) But it’s something I could do for a week, if it would make him happy. What’s the one tiny week-shift that could relieve some pressure; show, if nothing else, that you’re willing to try, willing to listen. You know whom to ask. Go, ask him.

Amy Shearn is the author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn: A Novel.

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Big Data Application Architecture Pattern Recipes: A Problem-solution Approach to Get an Answer to the Most Important Question..how to Select the Best End-to-end Architecture to Solve Your Big Data Pro

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