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Keeping track of who is still married

A friend was talking about encountering a Spokane man who turned out to be a good guy.

But here's the thing. My friend knew that the fellow was at one time married to a woman my friend had worked with a few years ago. He wasn't sure, though, that they were still a couple.

He had heard something about a divorce or almost-divorce.

So he wisely steered clear of that whole subject.

Smart man. There are so many situations where it is simply better to say nothing.

I was at a gathering about a year ago where I encountered a man I knew but had not seen in many years. I reminded him of a cookout we had attended not long after I moved to Spokane in the late '80s. At that time, his first child was just a few days away from being born.

He didn't seem to warm to this congenial stroll down memory lane. Later, I figured out why.

The wife standing with him at that event last year was not the same wife who had been great with child at that cookout almost 25 years ago.

For those who have been divorced

If the tabloid press had covered the breakup of your marriage, they would have…

A) Had a hard time finding anything all that salacious. B) Had a field day. C) Simply made an awful situation even worse. D) Had occasion to use phrases like “Love Triangle,” “Love Nest,” “Boy Toy,” “Serial Adulterer” and “The Other Woman.” E) Probably prompted me to do something that would have landed me in jail for a long time. F) Taken my side. G) Rightly portrayed one of us as unhinged. H) Described one of us as a latter day Julianne Phillips. I) Paid someone at my office for access to emails. J) Discovered that some human sadness just doesn't sell. K) Other. 

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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