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Why are Americans so bad at marriage? It's certainly not for lack of trying. By the early 21st century Americans were spending billions on marriage and family counseling, seeking advice and guidance from some 50,000 experts. And yet, the divorce rate suggests that all of this therapeutic intervention isn't making couples happier or marriages more durable. Quite the contrary, Ian Dowbiggin tells us in this thought-provoking book: the "caring industry" is part of the problem.

Under the influence of therapeutic reformers, marital and familial dynamics in this country have shifted from mores and commitment to love and companionship. This movement toward a "me marriage," as the New York Times has termed it, with its attendant soaring expectations and acute dissatisfactions, is rooted as much in the twists and turns of 20th-century history as it is in the realities in the hearts and minds of modern Americans, Dowbiggin argues; and his book reveals how effectively those changes have been encouraged and orchestrated by a small but resourceful group of social reformers with ties to eugenics, birth control, population control, and sex education.

In The Search for Domestic Bliss, Dowbiggin delves into the stories of the usual suspects in the founding of the therapeutic gospel, exposing little known aspects of their influence and misunderstood features of their work. Here we learn, for instance, that Betty Friedan did not after all discover "the problem that knows no name"—the widespread unhappiness of women in mid-century America; and that, like Friedan, one of the pioneers of marriage counseling was an open admirer of Stalin's Russia. The book also explores the long overlooked impact of sex researchers Alfred Kinsey and Masters and Johnson on the development of marriage and family counseling; and considers the under-appreciated contributions to the marriage counseling movement of social reformer and activist Emily Mudd..

Through these and other reform-minded Americans, Dowbiggin traces the concerted and deliberate way in which the old order of looking to family and community for guidance gave way to seeking guidance from marriage and family counseling professionals. Such a transformation, as this book makes clear, has been a key part of a major revolution in the way Americans think about their inner selves and their relations with friends, family, and community members—a revolution in which once deeply private concerns have been redefined as grave matters of public mental health.

7-year-old brain cancer survivor inspires songwriter - The Tennessean

To Ian Miller, everything in life is about winning. Though, at 7 years old, he doesn't really know it. He doesn't remember the moments of his life when victory was most important. But his parents do. The doctors finding a mass on their little boy's brain. Anna Miller calling her husband, Jason, from the hospital, crying so hard she couldn't speak. "We just couldn't breathe," Jason Miller says. So now every moment that there's a breath — for them and for Ian — it's like another victory. And some of the most momentous of those have come, as they will this weekend, on the race course when the Franklin residents run in the Country Music half marathon and 5K. And this time when they run Ian will have his own theme song, "Winning. Inspired by the light-haired boy with sweet smile, Nashville songwriters Jenn Schott and Michael White composed a song about moving forward, despite the twists and turns, and leading life's race. Schott — whose work "Two Lanes of Freedom" is the title track on Tim McGraw's last album and was the namesake of McGraw's 2013 summer tour — first sang "Winning" to Ian and his parents at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis a few... Jude is where Ian and his family moved when they first received then-1-year-old Ian's cancer diagnosis. It's where they lived for five months as he underwent chemotherapy. And it's the hospital that approached them with the proton beam radiation therapy that his parents say saved Ian's life. "He's just the cutest, full-of-life little kid," Schott says. For Schott, to see him thrive — and capture a small part of that in song — is an honor. As songwriter, she says, it's really easy to get wrapped up in the day to day of "who's recording my song. "This was a great reminder of what it's really all about," Schott says. And now Schott, a two-time Boston Marathon qualifier, and Ian can connect in a different way. On Friday Schott will perform Ian's song for a room filled with St. Jude supporters at a pre-race pasta dinner. Then, on Saturday, they both will run in the Country Music Marathon events — she as a St. Jude fundraiser and he as a brain cancer survivor. As Ian runs, he will be in pursuit of another milestone. Ever since his diagnosis — since he was 16 months old — there have been goals. Surviving brain surgery. Surviving brain surgery again. Making it through the first month's chemotherapy. More life-and-death moments. In July he will hit the five years post-treatment mark. Source:

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  • 7-year-old brain cancer survivor inspires songwriter

    04/22/15 ,via The Tennessean

    To Ian Miller, everything in life is about winning. Though, at 7 years old, he doesn't really know it. He doesn't remember the moments of his life when victory was most important. But his parents do. The doctors finding a mass on their little boy's brain.

  • Letters: As the election looms, each party must reveal how it will create wealth

    04/23/15 ,via

    presumably, so that parents can have more income. In order to let them do this, the NDNA wants to deprive me of my income. I have made a lifestyle choice to go on a Caribbean cruise: to which government department should I send the bill? Ian Johnson


RT @_LifeInLONDON: ian never care what a hater had to say bout me!!! 04/24/15, @armani_bliss
Pure content marketing bliss #DearKitten: 04/21/15, @Ian_Forman_
THIS JUST IN: Ian Bliss is at school on 4/20, not smoking weed at home. 04/20/15, @JoshKohlaa


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  • Ian Bliss

    2011. ISBN: 6137769763,9786137769768. 128 pages.

    Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ian Bliss is an Australian actor, best known for his role as Bane in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, for which he was chosen by the Wachowski Brothers because of his accurate impersonation of Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith), and also his partial resemblance to Weaving. After his appearance in the Matrix sequels, Bliss took minor roles in the feature films Stealth and Superman Returns. He also played the Peacekeeper scientist Drillic in the Farscape episode "Losing Time." He has also appeared in several Australian television drama series including Heartbreak High, Underbelly, Blue Murder and Canal Road.

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  • Authorities: Man facing charges intentionally crashes plane

    04/21/15 ,via El Paso Times

    The Federal Aviation Administration has assigned two inspectors to the crash, one of whom may conduct an on-site inspection, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

  • Opaque transparency: What we (don’t) know about Princeton’s animal experimentation

    04/21/15 ,via Daily Princetonian

    Ignorance might be bliss, but it does not excuse neglect, abuse or misunderstanding, especially when it is entirely in our power to force the issue. As a student body, we must demand transparency. We have a right to ask, and more importantly, we have a ...

  • Friday’s high schools: Northampton boys tennis takes down Belchertown

    04/18/15 ,via Daily Hampshire Gazette

    The Orioles (1-4) picked up their lone point in a close match at first doubles as Dennis Lelic and Alex Morgado beat Ian Fishman and Nat Jones ... Scarlett Sands Bliss (N), 65.8; 300 low hurdles: 1. Loomis (N), 68.8; 800: 1. Erica Dean (N), 2:29.7 ...


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Ian Bliss, Actor: The Matrix Reloaded. Australian-born actor Ian Bliss began his career in 1991. He completed his acting training in Australia's National Institute of ...

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