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The Joys and Sorrows of Emancipation

The Joys and Sorrows of Emancipation

YAY! FINALLY! That was the sentiment that Ruth and I exclaimed seven years ago after our youngest daughter moved to Los Angeles. Thirteen years younger than her oldest sibling Alaina, Alyssa was the last of our children to leave home. We had raised kids for 34 years! […]

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6 Ways to Lighten Up

6 Ways to Lighten Up

“Summertime and the living is easy”… remember that old song? My friend Sue can really belt that one out! Are you having a fun summer? I notice I alternate from being so busy to letting it all go and relaxing. What a fine balance of being productive and then […]

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Got Vulnerability?

Feeling and showing vulnerability is generally as popular as eating liver. The consensus is to steer clear of it. Expressing vulnerability involves risking feeling embarrassed or ashamed, as well as the risk of being ridiculed, judged and/or rejected. Contrary to the widespread view that vulnerability is an indication of […]

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Onward, Dads!

Onward, Dads!

Along with the United States honoring fathers this coming weekend, I celebrate and champion the gains so many dads have made in recent years! As a father of three, a psychotherapist, relationship coach and founder of Whole Man Expo, I have been a long-time, active proponent of men […]

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Is Your Yin-Yang in Balance?

Is Your Yin-Yang in Balance?

Here we are right in between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Feel a big hug from the bearers of life! Mother’s Day and Earth Day are celebrations of spring and our real and symbolic Mother in all her beautiful yin feminine energy. As we approach Father’s Day and summer […]

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Happy Couples

Happy Couples

Over the past decade or so, the field of positive psychology has proliferated, with a lot of attention on happiness. As a relationship therapist and coach, I want to cite several key characteristics of happy couples. The source of happiness is liking, loving and respecting oneself. Caring about others and […]

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Mystery of Manifesting

One day I was meditating, as I often do, and I heard a clear message — “Have a spring event to bring together community.” Ok, I’ll see where this leads. I am so curious about the mystery of manifesting. So I talked with a Sufi friend about […]

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The Ups and Downs of Couples’ Humor

I must confess: I’m a comic gourmand as opposed to a humor gourmet, meaning I go for joke quantity over quality–puns included. Style aside, I’ve learned over the years from my personal life as well as my work as a counselor and relationship coach the distinction between appropriate […]

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Plant a Tree

Plant a Tree As spring approaches, I see buds starting to pop out on the shrubs in my yard. New life is beginning to sprout all around me. Being a holistic counselor and relationship coach, I like to apply lessons from nature to human existence. Here are some […]

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S is for Intimacy

For so many people these days, sex has become synonymous with intimacy, just as drinking and taking drugs have become inextricably linked with partying. In addition to sex being a potential form of intimate connection, I want to offer three other words beginning with the letter “s” […]

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