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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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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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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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Vive La Difference!

“Live and let live” was one of my mother’s mottos–a laissez faire, nonjudgmental ideal for relating to others. Clearly, each of us is challenged daily in dealing with people’s differing personalities, beliefs, values, interests and so forth. Given our often-vast array of individual differences, how can we be compatible […]

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Apologizing to Your Beloved

As I begin to formulate my thoughts about apologizing to your beloved partner, I’m reminded of two popular sayings from yesteryear. One is that, “You always hurt the ones you love.” The other that springs to mind is a line from the 1960’s movie, Love Story: “Love means never […]

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Grateful for Gratitude!

I am truly ever so grateful for my gratitude of the magnificence of life! You and I have received countless blessings and grace. Even many of the things we commonly regard as small or take for granted are actually sizable miracles. Since Ruth and I are relationship coaches, I’ll focus […]

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It’s the Little Things

When Jim and I were first married (we are talking about 1970!), I made every little effort to please him. I would serve him the nicest cut of meat or the intact piece of pie. Over the years, I let this slip, being so busy and egalitarian […]

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