Marital Advice From a Guy Who Has Been With His Wife For Half A Century

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

Peter Davidson’s resume is looking really good when it comes to someone qualified to offer marital advice. After all, Davidson has been married to his wife, Beverly for 48 years! For this week’s Love Essentially, I interviewed Davidson about his new book, “Marital Advice To My Grandson, Joel”, and got some great tips for couples who want to stay together and stay happy.


Grandpa’s 6 tips for a successful marriage 

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

For more than 40 years, Peter Davidson has spent his career writing mystery novels, college textbooks, corporate training manuals, children’s books, magazine articles and songs.

In all that time, the one genre Davidson never touched was love and relationships. That is until his grandson, Joel Schendel, got engaged.

“Joel and I joke around quite a bit and when he got engaged, I thought it would be fun to write down a few pieces of advice that might be helpful, but funny, too, and they were all based on real-life situations with my wife and myself and our relationship,” said 76 year-old Davidson, who has been married to his wife, Beverly, for 48 years. The two have six children and 12 grandchildren (including Joel.)


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Davidson, who is based in both Iowa and Arizona, said he kept writing things down and before he knew it, what started out as a fun project to make his grandson laugh turned into a blog, followed by his newly published book, “Marital Advice To My Grandson, Joel.”

“I figured now that I have all this material, why share it with only one person when I could share it with the world?” Davidson said.

“Marital Advice To My Grandson, Joel” is a light, funny, endearing handbook filled with nuggets of advice for newly married couples, as well as any married couple, no matter how long they’ve been together.

Chapter topics include: (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

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Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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