It takes courage and faith to break off a significant long-term relationship when one partner knows marriage isn't a good idea. Karina Smirnoff's engagement to Brad Penny, after long telling fans of plans to wed Dancing with the Stars co-star Maksim Chmerkovskiy, says she's not afraid to make tough decisions.
Long distance relationships are a challenge for millions of couples. As they began their college studies this year, Andrea and Alvaro have continued their relationship with commitment, imagination, and many of the new tools that help couples keep the flame of romance alive when miles keep them apart.
The murder of 16-year-old Daniella Cooper last week reveals much about the challenges and tragedies that single, teen moms and their children face daily. The Census Bureau reports one in four American women who had a baby in 2008 were living in poverty. Statistics alone don't begin to capture the struggles of their lives.