12/07/2017

Your friends + My friends = Our friends?

Healthy relationships are vital to life. When cared for, relationships bring us joy. They bring us strength. They bring us connection. And so many other great things. But relationships are ! And, I’m not just talking about relationships that come with a lifelong commitment like a marriage or...   Continue Reading

 

11/24/2017

The Impact of Gradual Change

I recently read a (fictional) book about a woman, Alice, who takes a fall at the gym and bumps her head. After a series of comical and confusion-filled interactions, she eventually figures out that she has completely forgotten the last ten years of her life. In her head, she’s 30 years old,...   Continue Reading

 

11/09/2017

Why Your Partner Shouldn’t Be Your “Everything”

Social media has exacerbated the romanticism of your partner being your “.”  We constantly see Instagram posts about our friend’s boyfriend with captions like, “He’s my everything.”  Facebook photos of a picture of a couple’s silhouette in the sunset...   Continue Reading

 

10/26/2017

Maintenance Required

My husband and I have lived in our house for four years. There are still rooms I consider “unfinished” and boxes shoved in closets. You would think that four years would be enough time to get completely settled in. While we have made significant improvements to the quality of our yard,...   Continue Reading

 

10/12/2017

I am a Recovering Complainer

I am a recovering complainer. We were having a picnic lunch on a beautiful May afternoon.  There were three moms and four children.  While the children played, the moms talked. I remember talking about my house.  Actually, I did a lot of talking about my house.  I had a lot of...   Continue Reading

 

10/03/2017

How to Maximize the Night Owl vs Early Bird Trade-Off

I’m the early bird. I’m typically awake when the first glimmer of light peeks through the curtains. I lie there and doze, but by 6:00 a.m. I decide it’s a reasonable time to get out of bed, carefully without disturbing my husband. As I pass by the closet, I grab a basket of laundry....   Continue Reading

 

09/11/2017

In an Independent World, is There Room for Dependency?

Dependency is a unique word – one with many negative connotations.  We live in a world where being independent is so important, the thought of depending on someone or something is an  thought. Think about your convenience store excursions.  What is flooding the front of the...   Continue Reading

 

08/24/2017

Love and Intimacy Takes a New Form

They have been married for 66 years. The wife lives in the family home. Her husband is in a full time care facility.  She won’t drive much anymore and he can’t drive at all. Every Sunday morning he hires the accessibility van to bring him home. If the bus is late picking him up, he...   Continue Reading

 

08/10/2017

The Art of Jumping to Conclusions

We all do it – we all make quick decisions without hearing the whole story.  It’s our human nature; we had to make these rapid pivots to stay alive as cave dwellers.  Imagine yourself as a Neanderthal - there’s a giant snake in front of you, blocking the entrance to your...   Continue Reading
 
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