How Great Thou Part

In relationships, we often ‘neglect to reflect’ on how a person makes us feel. Instead, we try and get their attention by explaining what hurts or bothers us.  Or we simply sit quietly and compensate or overcompensate to deal with unwanted behaviors. In all relationships be it romantic or friendship the best litmus test is to…

I’m excited to move into my new building, the fresh start and all. Even more excited to leave the ugly ‘Di-drama’ behind me. My sister shares my excitement. “This is SO great,” she says. “Now you can move forward with your life and fly under the radar.” This would be my sister who says I…

We don’t really believe it’s okay to take time for ourselves. We want to believe it. We want to invest in ourselves. We want to let our individual heart soar. But down deep there seems to be something selfish about it. Nothing could be further from the truth. Still, it’s just so difficult to invest…

I recently received an email from someone who had read my column 5 Indicators That Someone You Love Doesn’t Care About You. It got me thinking. Why is it we place so much importance on relationship words rather than relationship actions? I certainly did. Case in point. I remember years ago sitting at lunch with three…

Love is simple in infancy but becomes hugely complicated with time. As the initial romantic deluge is replaced by normal day to day routines. This hustle and bustle often leads to complaints about various aspects of our relationships. The little things our significant other may or may not do. The things which hurt our feelings or…

Bush 41 was the quintessential example of an individual who lived his life by the ‘Big 3.’ God, Family, and Country. Followed only by the ‘Big 3’s’ necessary counterparts – service and selflessness. Perhaps this is why President George H.W. Bush teaches us so much about love. After all, the ‘Big 3’ are often referred…

Nothing warms the hearts of the holidays more than a fireside reading of A Christmas Carol or perhaps Twas the Night Before Christmas. Kids nestled next to their parents, sipping hot cocoa and absorbing classic tales of wonder and inspiration. As the adults slow their pace and remind and embrace all that truly matters in this world. Books have…

I am at the mall grabbing lunch at Norstrom Cafe.  One of my fav places to nosh. A young girl in front of me appears to be searching for payment and urges me to go before her. I pay for my food and notice she is now asking others to go in front of her. It…

I belong to a Facebook group called Parentless Parents started by my friend and author Allison Gilbert. I first connected with Allison many years ago when she interviewed me for one of her books.  There is a common theme amongst us Parentless Parents. We are hyper-conscious of this thing called ‘time.’ It’s hard not to be…

Downsizing and getting rid of the majority of our belongings is no longer a trend for strictly retirees. In this era of tiny houses and millennials less is now more. And Baby Boomers are opting to strip themselves of possessions and large four-walled obligations in favor of condos and travel and more. Yet downsizing can still…

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