Posted on Sep 12 2014 - 9:00am by Joey

I spent most of my childhood feeling totally alone. My Dad —once a proud Marine and the man of the family —was unemployed, after losing two good, stable jobs, and lost in a deep depression. My mom spent all day in bed, addicted to pain medication, and my sister was also spiraling into depression. In middle school I dealt with loneliness by volunteering at a haunted...

“Marriage is a wonderful institution,” said Groucho Marx, “but who wants to live in an institution?” If marriage is like an old people’s home, where you grimace your way through for better or worse obligations, I’d be scared of marriage too. But when I married my wife, Amber, I experienced something different: I discovered friendship set on fire. Amber...

Dan and I loved with humility and sacrifice. In the past few weeks I have written about the parts of my relationship with Dan that hopefully inspire. In the interest of keeping things light this week, I’ve decided to highlight a part of our relationship that makes us a normal, every day couple: the way we complimented each other. Dan and Hanna. I remember Dan’s...

“I do feel like sometimes the thing that you should be proudest of—the fact that you’re still a virgin—is a big insecurity for you. At the end of the day it is a choice and it’s a choice that you should be proud of.” Mary Kate and her friends. I read this text from my best friend twice and felt the weight of its truth. What she said was...

I’ve been to a number of parties in the past several months where I feel like I’ve turned the clock and went back to my middle school dance days: guys on one side and girls on the other. Sure, as a married guy, I think it’s appropriate to stick with the other dudes at a party. But in a room full of single people, I can’t help but notice that many guys don’t...

When my brother asked me to be the Best Man in his wedding, I was thrilled. What an honor! Of course, there are responsibilities that come along with being the Best Man. Some I knew about already, like offering a toast at the dinner reception. Some I didn’t know about, like bringing the rings to the ceremony (learned that one the hard way). But all of these traditions...

I vividly remember standing on the top of the stairs in our house, my mom on the landing, when she told me the most painful words I’ve ever heard spoken by my father. “He said he’s just going to give up,” my Mom told me. “He doesn’t know what else to do.” Flickr davidsteltz I was rotten to my father during my teenage years, but It took awhile for me...

It was after dinner and there were three bowls in the sink sloshing oily puddles of soap suds, the residue of steak, barbecue sauce, and a few lone peas. I had the baby strapped to me in a Baby Bjorn, and he was starting to fuss, but I thought for sure I had enough time to rinse these few dishes and get the dishwasher started before I started the bedtime routine. But...

I think it’s safe to say that love has its ups and downs. Let’s be honest, it can’t always be candy and roses. Often, it’s diapers and strollers, yard work and dry-cleaning, or even catheters and wheelchairs. Friendships, romances, relationships – they all take work. Even if you’re the perfect couple, such as Dan and me (if I do say so myself), maintaining...

My girlfriend dumped me back in 2010, it sucked at the time, but it turns out it was the kindest thing she could have done for me. Let me explain. Matt dipping his wife on their wedding day. Up to that year, I was always chasing girls. Seriously. Since 5th grade I always had a date on Valentine’s Day and that’s no exaggeration. I’m not necessarily proud of that...