Hannah and Dylan love each other in part for their differences: “We have always said that I am the wolf and he is the moon – that he is sort of like this calm, more reserved, laid-back person, and I’m the crazy fiery one.” Dylan says, “They almost fill you up with these qualities that you don’t have, ‘cause that’s not you, but you get to kind of absorb them, or have them for that… Read More


Thane is detail-oriented. He’s learned new skills to help maintain the house he shares with Kim – replacing drywall and repairing a deck – tasks he’d never done before. Kim exudes a calm ease, which probably comes in handy in her career in the airline industry. Thane and Kim met nearly four years ago online, and Kim says she was “scared to death” to meet someone online: I went out with one other person who didn’t look… Read More


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


When we knocked on Shelley and Kirk Drake’s front door, we were greeted with bright eyes, huge smiles, tight hugs, and the popping and crackling of a fire. They offered us a drink, some snacks, and their undivided attention. Their home was filled with vibrant color, cozy fabrics, eclectic art, and well-worn books. We tried to engage in the usual pleasantries, and then dive right into the interview, but it was difficult to steer the conversation… 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


David puts it simply from the get-go: “One of the secrets of us staying together – since we’ve both worked [as lawyers] in divorce work over the years – we understand how ugly and horrible it can be.” He goes on to say, “I have nothing against divorce … it’s a positive in certain circumstances. I’ve always said a kid that grows up in two separate happy households is better than the kid who grows up 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


Jordan and Jessica met in 2010, when Jessica was a first-year law student, and Jordan – in his third year – was the class’s TA. Jordan says, “she was very active in the class and kind of really drew attention.” Jessica also noticed Jordan right away: He was super super intelligent – I loved that about him – um, really confident, and not in an off-putting cocky way at all. He was just comfortable with… 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