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The latest blogs…

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save a relationship: you were ignoring me

Is It Important What You Call Your Partner?

What’s in a name? Does it really matter how you refer to the person with whom you’re having sex and creating a life together? In the English language we don’t have any adequate words. They all fall short, even the ubiquitous word partner.

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save our relationship: male boldness

Infuse Love With Power and Power With Love

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic.” The ideal is empowered love. So how can you enjoy the synergy of the two in your relationship?

How Not To Be Single

The perennial question for singles is — “How can I meet Mr. or Ms. Right if I can’t even get a date?” Singles of all ages are sick and tired of online dating sites. According to my eighty-year-old friend who has been married and single on and off throughout her life, the most important advice is to be proactive. What does that mean? Read her suggestions here.

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save a relationship: are you a narcissist?

Are You A Narcissist?

All humans are at least a little bit selfish because we want what we want. How we go about getting what we want puts us on a narcissistic continuum.

When it comes to relationships, it’s important to know where you stand on the narcissistic spectrum. If you were raised by a narcissistic parent, you probably will perpetuate some narcissistic tendencies. It’s impossible not to, but you can also mitigate them.

Loving For Keeps marriage cartoon – how to save a relationship: feigning ignorance

Divorce – A Poem About Personal Growth

If you’ve ever been divorced or are thinking of it, please read the following exquisite poem entitled: THE DIVORCE by Zara Raab All those years, I didn’t listen when you complained of discontent, your frustration with me, your burden, but prattled on, and overspent, spoiling the children on ribbons and satin. I listened only to […]

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