Love & Marriage

The steamy one night affair:  Do you or Don't you?

The steamy one night affair: Do you or Don't you?

Dear Erica, If the opportunity for the perfect, steamy, one-time affair came along, and you knew your partner wouldn’t find out, should you (1) take it because life is too short, OR (2) pass? Best, To...

Wedding Blues - What would Jane Austen say about the Common Cupcake?

Wedding Blues - What would Jane Austen say about the Common Cupcake?

Dear Erica, I am planning my wedding for next spring, and I’m starting to feel overwhelmed.  We are paying for it ourselves, and cutting corners on the flowers, and the food, and any number of details...

Ending an Engagement:  Break slowly or Snap suddenly?

Ending an Engagement: Break slowly or Snap suddenly?

Dear Erica, I’ve gotten engaged to my boyfriend of nearly five years, but after just a few short weeks, I’ve decided I can’t go through with it.  How can I end it as nicely as possibly?  Do I tell him...

Why is a bad girl so often a lost cause, while a bad boy is a hero in the making?

Why is a bad girl so often a lost cause, while a bad boy is a hero in the making?

Dear Erica, Do you think the love of a good woman will transform a man?  Why are there so many tales of the love of a good woman transforming a bad boy to good? Do you think a good man can also change...

Toothache and Tragedy:  The Truth behind a broken heart

Toothache and Tragedy: The Truth behind a broken heart

Dear Erica, I just found out that my mother was in love with another man before she married my father. She has been getting on in years and let slip that her college boyfriend died at Vietnam, and she...