Jonesing for Some “Downton Abbey”? Try “Upstairs Downstairs”

Thank you, BBC! Thank you for “Upstairs Downstairs,” a slightly inferior – yet overall satisfying – stand-in between seasons of “Downton Abbey.” “Upstairs Downstairs” follows the comings and goings of Sir Hallam Holland, a young British diplomat, and his wife, … Continue reading Jonesing for Some “Downton Abbey”? Try “Upstairs Downstairs”

Biblical Marriage: It Ain’t for Chickens

It seemed like a ridiculous request.  Even when it was made in the gentlest tone, with the kindest words he could possibly find. “Next time, would you mind not slamming the car door so hard?” requested my easy-going husband, early in our relationship.  In his opinion, the force I routinely exerted when closing my car door was excessive and could lead to damage of the vehicle. I thought to myself, “This is the way I’ve been closing car doors all my life.  What difference does it make?” Well, it made a difference to him, and I love him so I … Continue reading Biblical Marriage: It Ain’t for Chickens