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The high mileage marriage

Posted by BJ Roche May 31, 2012 04:47 PM

Click and Clack, the Car Talk Guys, got something started last weekend with a call from Dan:

Dan took a look at his family, with 5 brothers and sisters, and parents who've been married for more than 50 years and he drew this conclusion: People who keep their cars longer are less likely to get divorced.

This guy is on to something. It might relate to whether a partner is lower maintenance and what the customer satisfaction is overall on the original deal. How many times have you wanted to "trade your wife in for a new model"? Or have you ever considered a marriage "tune-up"?

Maybe, as the Sheryl Crow song goes:

It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got.

Read more about the theory over at the Car Talk site. It's worth a read for the comments.

Painfully straight talk about caring for aging parents

Posted by BJ Roche May 22, 2012 09:35 PM

For a long time, it seemed like the costs and stresses of senior caregiving was one of those huge silent burdens being shared by women of a certain age.

Well, it wasn't really silent if you got talking to someone -- a co-worker or friend who was in the same boat. A friend who works in the counseling field tells me that much of her clientele are women trying to manage the emotional and financial stresses of caring for their moms.


Our number's up: saving for retirement when you can't afford to retire

Posted by BJ Roche May 11, 2012 12:03 PM
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Remember the first time you heard you'd need to have a million dollars to retire?

I do. I thought: You have got to be kidding me.

Then I thought: How is this going to work? We gajillion baby boomers can't all become millionaires can we?

Of course not.


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BJ Roche is a writer and teacher who lives in Western Massachusetts. She’s a senior lecturer in the Journalism Program at UMass Amherst, where she teaches writing, new media and More »

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