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Beyond “I Love You”

Beyond “I Love You”

To commemorate National Gratitude Month, culminating in our Thanksgiving Day celebration, I’ve chosen gratefulness for your partner as the theme of this blog post. In my experience, couples tell their mate that they love him/her more often than they express various forms of gratitude. In addition to frequently stating and […]

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Easy as….

Easy as….

When I interact with couples and singles in coaching, I hear about their struggles, clashes and differences. I understand that this is part of relationships. Faced with difficult challenges, we find powerful and humble ways to ease the conflicts and build the relationship. I also know celebrating […]

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6 Strategies for Couples Working Together

6 Strategies for Couples Working Together

Couples working together is a special breed of human! One of our passions is coaching couples who work together, so we decided to collaborate on this blog post. We are proud to report that for 41 of our 47 years of marriage we have successfully been in business together. That […]

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The Challenge and Gift of Our Differences

The Challenge and Gift of Our Differences

I hear from couples all the time how differences in ways of thinking, feeling and doing things cause friction and discord. Coping with and even enjoying our varying personality traits, needs, values and lifestyle choices can be part of the gift of committed relationship. In our book “Secrets of a Soulful Marriage,” we […]

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Martians and Venutians

Martians and Venutians

My wife, Ruth, and I recently enjoyed viewing the one-man play, “Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus,” performed at The Garner Galleria Theatre in Denver. This long-running, high-energy comedy is based on Dr. John Gray’s blockbuster book published in 1992 by the same title. It […]

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The Myth of Leaving a Legacy

The Myth of Leaving a Legacy

For as long as I can remember, I have felt a strong urge to find a powerful way of leaving a legacy of a life well-lived. The longing ached in me. How will I do this? When? For whom? With whom? The questions gnawed at me. A friend […]

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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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