Keeping your marriage alive

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The Saint vs. the Scholar (Jon M. Sweeney)

The word monastery seemed rather commonplace and easy to spell, I thought, until my Medieval philosophy course in college. There, our French-born professor who retained her thick accent pronounced it clearly: "mon-AH-ster-y." The word came up first when she spoke of Peter Abelard and his love affair with Heloise. With that introduction, we began our comparatively mundane, …