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Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 25-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 21-year-old daughter who is a junior in college.

Q: Dad, what's the secret to staying married for so long?

A: Well, that's like asking the secret to good parenting, the answer to which is to have good kids, by the way. Charlton Heston (name dropping I know) told me in an interview that the secret was to "never forget those three words: 'I was wrong,'" he said. Funny, but kind of true. I'd say the secret is to marry someone you like, and also the faster you learn that fighting is not necessary, the better off you both are.

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