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March 2007

Retirement brings time for growth as couple, but with individual space

Married couples preparing for retirement look forward to the promise of plenty of time. That's time to do things they didn't have time to do before, time to do nothing and time to be together all day, every day.

Many, however, become anxious about how they will navigate so much time together.

Gene and Suzie Meyers said they are lucky. Since Gene's retirement from Union Pacific three years ago, they have grown together while still maintaining the space they need.

Empty nest provides opportunity to model another phase of parenting

After years of building a life together and then a family, the next step for parents is to empty the nest.

It's a stage Carol and Gregg Drvol, members of St. James Parish in Omaha, are looking forward to and plan to enjoy, they said.

It's not that they don't love their four twenty-something-year-old children deeply. They do.

Relationship always must come first even as family continues to grow

Children have long been considered the fruit of marriage, but their addition to a marriage can be jarring.

To enjoy them, a couple needs to remember to take care of the relationship that made that child possible, said Jeff Palzer.

Jeff and his wife, Julia, members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Omaha, have been married four years, and have a 21-month-old son. A second child is due in April.

They said they noticed all kinds of changes when their son was born. That includes everything from time to money to sex to topics of debate.

Newlyweds enjoy life together during what friends call 'discovery stage'

The discovery stage. That's where people tell Todd and Darcy Koskovich their marriage is after five months.

These newlyweds are enjoying their new life together, a stage of marriage typically viewed as a period of uninterrupted happiness.

While the Koskovichs would agree they like the excitement of discovering how to create a life together, they also said they are learning how to carry the good feelings forward when the newness wears off.

Couples share views and insights on where they are in their marriage journey

You're either married ... or you're not.

That simplistic assessment of the married state might satisfy those people who want everything to be clear cut and strictly defined, but it probably never applied to marriage any time in history, and certainly not in today's society.

Married couples typically go through several stages of marriage as they live the married life.

Several parishes provide Friday dinners

It might be the food. It might be the fun.

Either way, Lenten dinners are growing in popularity among Catholics who are looking for options on "No Meat" Fridays during Lent.

Many parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha cater to seafood lovers by serving fish, French fries and the occasional shrimp dinners.

At St. Anthony Church in Columbus, about 25 members of Knights of Columbus Council #9264 cook 700 pounds of fish in four commercial fryers to feed the nearly 550 people they serve each Friday night at the parish fish fry.

Marriage is a blessing from God

Marriage is taking a drubbing in our culture, with societal support and respect for the institution eroding.

Nearly 50 percent of marriages now end in divorce and many people are opting to cohabitate or remain single.

Marriage is viewed in even a lesser light in the entertainment industry, where it is denigrated daily in sitcoms, dramas and reality shows.

And let's not forget the growing number of people speaking in favor of same-sex marriages.

Priority bills to dominate Nebraska Legislature's second half session

The first session of the 100th Nebraska Legislature is more than half completed. March 14, the 46th legislative day, moved state lawmakers into the second half of their 90-day session.

The inward journey will be more difficult than the outward trek was. There are major issues still to be debated and decided, not the least of which will be the state budget for the 2007-09 biennium and the manner and extent to which Nebraskans will be provided with tax relief during this time of a revenue surplus.

Students realize education is path to future success

Vinetta Snow and Maya St. Cyr know a good opportunity when they see one. The freshmen from Winnebago rise early in the morning when most students are still sleeping to make the 25-mile trek to Bishop Heelan Catholic High School across the river in Sioux City, Iowa. The sacrifice is worth it, Vinetta and Maya said, because their futures depend on it.

"My mother and grandmother thought a Catholic high school would best prepare me for the future," Maya said.

True love in marriage inspires us to love as God loves

Even after all this time; The sun never says to the earth; "You owe me"; Look what happens; With a love like that,; It lights up the whole sky" ... The Gift, by Hafiz.

Have you ever watched a stroke victim's spouse carefully cut up her food and feed her in small bites? Have you seen a young wife greeting her wounded soldier husband in a wheelchair at the airport?

In the last few months I've seen smiling newlyweds rushing down the isle and a weeping couple leaning into one another as they bury their ten-day-old baby.


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