Tom (36) and Helena (33) live together with their 8-year-old son in Wells, Maine. We visited them during a serious snowstorm. Like most New Englanders they appear unfazed. Although they had been aware of each other’s existence – having gone to the same high school and living in the same hometown – they really met in 2000 online via an Internet instant messaging system. Tom says, “We had a lot of mutual friends that we didn’t realize.”… Read More


Jon and Charlotte’s household includes two energetic adolescent boys, a menagerie of pets, and a partnership that is full of loud laughter. Jon and Charlotte (both in their forties) have been married for seventeen years, but have been together for twenty-five. In that time, they’ve had their fair share of stresses, which Jon considers a natural part of partnership: Having intertwining lives is going to necessarily involve some stressful situations, especially if you add children,… Read More


Bob (60) and Sue (64) Lechner met in January, 1982 when Sue was a single mother raising her young daughter. Bob says, “We were friends. I used to come over and read books to [her daughter], clean out the gutters in her house. I’d just try to be a good guy.” Sue adds, “At some point you wanted to be more than just some nice guy.” A few years later, Bob’s wrote Sue a letter, in… Read More


Chris Anne and Jason are a featured couple in How Love Lasts – The Play. See their story live in Los Angeles this fall! Jason and Chris Anne met in 2000 while in their early 20’s. Chris Anne says she knew right away that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Jason: “Like, ‘you’re the one. You. Are. It. And I love you,’ and my claws went in, and that was it.” Though Jason… Read More


Mindy and Bobby are a featured couple in How Love Lasts – The Play. See their story live in Los Angeles! Before I begin, I want to say that I could have published this interview in its entirety. The transcript reads like a script: it is full of detailed anecdotes, simple wisdom, and sparkling humor. This story almost sounds too scripted to be true. I can assure you, however, that every word of this story is true. I’ve tried… Read More


LeAnne Carrouth and John Bourbonais are fine with being apart, and they told us during our conversation that that’s part of what keeps them together. At first I thought they meant they didn’t like each other that much, so they were relieved to have their independence. But after seeing their fiercely connected dynamic in action, and after hearing their story, my understanding of the potential of partnership has shifted dramatically.  John and LeAnne met in… Read More