Declaration of Independence for a Committed Relationship

By |2018-07-04T03:39:20+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

IN OUR HOME, July 4, 20XX, with apologies to Thomas Jefferson, et al), The unanimous Declaration of Independence for a Committed Relationship,When in the Course of everyday life, it becomes necessary for one Couple to dissolve the oppressive bands which have connected them with a Problem Process, and to assume among the Couples of the earth, [...]

Turning Wishful Thinking into Concrete Hope that Creates Change

By |2017-12-17T15:12:58+00:00June 18th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|

How often you wish for change? While binge watching “House of Cards”, you wish you looked like Claire Underwood. Or at least could find her wardrobe in your size and on your budget… You wish for a row house on a trendy street in the city.  Or a house anywhere without a crushing mortgage that keeps [...]

How to Rescue Your Relationship by Challenging Your Perceptions

By |2017-12-17T15:10:29+00:00June 4th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|

There comes a time in every relationship when a bit of rescue is needed: Someone has broken your trust – in a big or small way. You’re stuck in a cycle of unhealthy arguments. You don’t understand each other. You can’t agree on anything. You’ve forgotten how to have fun together. Why is it that problems [...]

Unveiling the Most important Part of Your Family Holidays…

By |2017-12-17T15:10:18+00:00May 22nd, 2014|Categories: Relationships|

What’s the most important part of your family holidays? The real answer may surprise you.  It sure surprised me. Actually, ignoring it bit me in the you-know-what for many years, until I realized… […]

How Relationship Differences Can Hold Us Together!

By |2017-12-17T15:10:07+00:00May 14th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , |

Today I’m standing on my cyber soapbox.  Geared up for what I hope is a respectful rant. After 5 decades on this planet, I am tired of the way we so easily let relationship differences divide us.  So I want to proclaim 3 beliefs that I hold deep to my heart.  If we embrace these 3 [...]

Relationship Advice from Pier 1 Imports: How to Jumpstart Change

By |2017-12-17T15:09:54+00:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|

Sometimes I think relationships are a lot like cars.  With a dead battery.  Stalled on the side of the road while happier couples breeze by in fully functional rides. I know what it’s like to stand by a dead car.  And I know what it’s like to enviously look at other couples, smiling and being lovey-dovey, [...]

Leaky Pipes, the F-Bomb, and Better Communication

By |2017-12-17T15:07:51+00:00April 30th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: |

Twenty-four years ago, my husband and I took on a problem we never saw coming. Acidic well water.  In a house without a water treatment system.  How were we to know that the refreshing water in our new home came from a highly acidic aquifer? We didn’t. So we enjoyed years and years of lovely well [...]

What the Maytag Men Taught Me About Marriage Repair

By |2017-12-17T15:06:05+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , |

A week ago, something ominous happened in my kitchen: the refrigerator went absolutely silent, with the door open and inner light on. Minutes later the gentle hum returned, just as we noticed that the ice cream was melting and the refrigerated items weren’t very cold.  It was Saturday. As we limped through the weekend, I began [...]

5 Super Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Relationship

By |2017-12-17T15:05:28+00:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , |

On a rainy day with temperatures falling, it’s hard to believe that spring has finally arrived.  Yet evidence of new life is all around me.  Cherry blossoms, hyacinths, and daffodils dapple my yard with pops of color, as a freeze warning pings on my Android. I’m thinking about protecting plants, cleaning and prepping flower beds, and [...]

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