Pocono Wedding Talk

A Sunday feature in the Pocono Record newspaper.

  • Life (and weddings) do not always go as planned.

    Dec 8, 2019

    Did you miss me? When I opened the paper Sunday morning there was no Pocono Wedding Talk  and I was stunned. After over a dozen years of writing this column something happened last week. I forgot to submit one. Blame it on the Thanksgiving holiday week, which no doubt threw off my routine, blame it on my […]

  • Modern Ideas for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties

    Nov 24, 2019

    Bachelor and bachelorette parties used to signify the last fling before the restrictions of marriage. To me this is an antiquated idea. The premise was that after the wedding you wouldn’t be having any fun so better get that in now. For men it was celebrating their last days of ‘freedom.’ Women did not want […]

  • Thanksgiving Rituals

    Nov 17, 2019

    Consider these ideas to enhance your holiday experience Holidays are tricky. Not everyone has that wonderful family gathering we’re shown on tv and in the movies. If you’re lucky enough to share the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday with a group of family and friends I have a few suggestions for you. It is called, after all, […]

  • Love at Any Age

    Nov 10, 2019

    Love can come at any age. Do we ‘find’ love, or does love find us? Rumi, the Sufi Mystic who lived in the 13thcentury wrote something that is still rings true: ‘Your task is not to seek for love, but to seek and find all the barrier within yourself that you have built against it.’ […]

  • The essentials of choosing an officiant and other tidbits

    Nov 3, 2019

    If you are getting married in a house of worship, you probably don’t need to read this. But, what the heck, read it anyway. Today I want to talk about choosing an officiant for your wedding.  Just for complete clarity – an officiant presides over (officiates) a ceremony. They can be religious or not. ‘Celebrant’ […]

  • Your Place in the World

    Oct 27, 2019

    I’d like to revisit a topic I wrote about many years ago, because once again I am seeing disturbing images of the damage we humans do to our environment. We may feel like we can’t change the world, but we can make good decisions about what we, personally, do. Call it ‘green,’ call it ‘environmental,’ […]

  • Autumn Holidays are upon us – and ritual will abound

    Oct 20, 2019

    We are coming to the really big season of holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. I want to talk about the autumn holidays today and I’ll get to the winter holidays another time. Starting with Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. The name itself comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the […]

  • A Wedding Etiquette Update

    Oct 6, 2019

    I last wrote about wedding etiquette in 2007 – yes, I’ve been writing this column that long, and reading that old piece showed me how much things have changed since then. So today I’m going to update you with some ideas about what is appropriate and some things to consider. I still believe that, while […]

  • Clichés– for better or for worse

    Sep 29, 2019

    We are all familiar with clichés – defined as an overused expression that, while making a point, often gets so stale as to lose its power. One I like is ‘ignorance is bliss,’ which seems to resonate more and more for me today. I really don’t like the message of ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you […]

  • Why Elope?

    Sep 22, 2019

    Making the Case for Getting Married on Your Own Terms Over the years I have officiated many elopements. And I return to this subject often because it is so important. There are so many reasons a couple choses to elope and let me review a few of them. First I want to remind us that […]