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I am a relationship trainer, blogger, and author. My blog uses humor in marriage cartoons and practical, real-life examples to navigate through some of the challenges inherent in every long-term relationship. Since 2002 I have helped transform hundreds of relationships, including my own. And I can help yours, too. Read more here.

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The latest blogs…

Thank you: The Most Important Two Words in a Relationship

How often do you say a heartfelt, sincere, not just a perfunctory thank you to anyone, especially to your partner? Probably not often enough. In recent years, thank yous have gone out of fashion. We’re no longer surprised if we don’t get a thank you note for a wedding gift or a thank you email […]

Money Demons in your Relationship

Conflicts around money are the number one reason why couples get divorced. While it’s impossible to be in agreement with your partner about every aspect concerning your finances, you can prevent money issues from breaking your relationship apart. Read more…

Difficult relationships cartoon

Connectivity versus Connection

Technology has indubitably changed how humans interact. In my classes people, young and old, talk about feeling isolated even though they use Facebook and their cell phones for many hours per day.

Human connectivity and connection are miles apart in how they feel. It’s ironic that the more connectivity we have via the internet, the less connection actually exists. Connectivity can lead to disconnection if you end up spending more time in cyberspace than you do in real physical space with other humans.


Arguments and Triggers

What are emotional triggers that set off arguments? If your partner’s behavior or a statement that he or she makes remind you of something from your past that you haven’t resolved, you’ll get upset. You’ll react instead of respond.

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

Does a Beautiful Partner Increase or Decrease Your Odds of Having a Successful Relationship?

What makes your partner attractive to you? Is it really his or her physical beauty? The media keep telling us that attraction is about being young, thin, in good shape, etc. We think that we have to look a certain way in order to be sexy and our partner does, too. But, most of us don’t fit the criteria. Since we don’t meet the beauty requirements, does that mean we can’t have a thriving long-term relationship?

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