Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. Ah, yes, the doghouse. I’ve only been married for about 7 months, now, and already I have vivid memories of the doghouse… For example, I’ve learned the hard way that, even though my wife is a bookworm, not just any ol’ book will do…

  2. My wife of 26 years is magnificent, but I occasionally have been in the doghouse. The two words that I have found to get me out of the doghouse are “I’m sorry”. My wife is very even-tempered so usually any disagreements are, indeed, my fault. In any case life is too short for anger to endure with the love of my life as a result of pride on my part. When I take the first step I usually find that my wife is eager to admit any mistake she may have made that led to the disagreement.

  3. My wife’s Uncle gave me this advice before we got married, and he would randomly quiz me on it:

    1 – I’m wrong
    2 – I’m sorry
    3 – It will never happen again

    (repeat as needed)

  4. A word of warning: “It will never happen again” — unless you can make good on such a concrete promise, and given our frailty as members of the lesser sex, whose to say it won’t? — has the potential to land you in the doghouse for an extended period of time with minimal chances of parole.

  5. “You were/are right” is pretty essential. Then again, you may not screw up as much as I do, so YMMV. “You look lovely” can’t be said enough.

    Dark chocolate and flowers are a must, too.

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