This week’s video: A husband and wife’s ongoing argument comes to a head.

I just love him, even though sometimes he looks meaningfully into my eyes and says a cliché as though he had invented it, like, ‘The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference’.
Diana Spechler
Walter Mosely and his emotionally distant mother
Walter: Mom, I love you
Walter's mother: Oh, yes, uhm, well thank you.
or: Oh, nice, well, goodbye.
or: Mm. Yeah. Mhm.

This week’s video: Author Walter Mosley spends a lifetime trying to connect with a loving but emotionally distant mother.

Love can be a wonderful place to live.

Remember Cynthia Riggs, who started getting mysterious coded letters at age 81?

It turns out her story wasn’t quite done! When we returned to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this summer, we asked Cynthia to come back and update everyone on all the big things that have happened to her over the last year.

What is the most romantic thing that anybody has every done for you?

In 3rd grade, my boyfriend “took a bullet” for me & snuck away to feed my Tamagotchi so it wouldn’t die… thus resulting in a pink slip for him.

What is the most romantic thing that anybody has every done for you?

In 3rd grade, my boyfriend “took a bullet” for me & snuck away to feed my Tamagotchi so it wouldn’t die… thus resulting in a pink slip for him.

What is the most romantic thing that anyone has ever done for you?

Today my husband gave me a 1-year calendar. Each day has a different compliment. 365 of them!

What is the most romantic thing that anyone has ever done for you?

Today my husband gave me a 1-year calendar. Each day has a different compliment. 365 of them!

This week’s video: A teenager in love (Meg Wolitzer) has to make decisions about sex.

Do you remember Cynthia Riggs, the 81-year-old mystery writer who found herself entangled in a romantic mystery of her own? Well, we have an update for you…

Cynthia and Howie have gotten married! They got hitched a few weeks ago in a small commitment ceremony in front of friends in family.

Cynthia writes:

We intended to plant a beech tree in celebration, and thought we would dig a little hole and stick in a foot-high sprout.  But the head of the Polly Hill Arboretum… got involved.  He came with a truck, his big strong son, and a 15-foot tall beech, and planted it properly in a large excavation with lots of compost.  The beech tree is ready for birds to nest in.  Everyone on the Island seems to be involved in this romance of ours.

They’ll be having a traditional church wedding in May, with a party “for the entire world” on Martha’s Vineyard this summer. Congratulations, Cynthia and Howie, and best of luck!

[Photos by Lynn Christoffers]