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Stop Trying to Change the Other Person

In my Marriage Counseling practice I often work with clients who are angry with their spouses. In fact, they often get stuck in their anger. Usually what  is underneath the anger is hurt, and sometimes they have difficulty expressing that hurt. When you are focusing on the other person’s negative behavior, you continue …

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Tips for Maintaining a Close Relationship

A successful and loving relationship takes maintenance. No matter how busy we become with life it is important to be sure we are tending to one of the most important investments in our life – our relationship. Everyone experiences stress and overly-filled schedules providing little family or relationship time. It is up …

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The Joy of Valentine’s Day For Singles, Elder Statespersons, and Men

Cupid is coming, women are getting excited and telling their men what they would like, men are eye-rolling and complaining, single gals are looking to friends or books to hang out with, florists and jewelers are smiling, and Hallmark is ringing in the black. Valentine’s Day is a time annually …

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Retirement ~ the Fourth Stage of Life

One of the joys of Marriage and Family Counseling is that I get to work with scores of  clients about countless subjects. One of my favorites is helping clients design their retirements. This should begin about age 50, but for most it is 60 or even 70. Many of us hear …

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The Holiday Season of Love

The holiday season is here. I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with wonderment and gratitude. It is such a good time to share what you are most grateful for. A loving family, understanding spouse, thoughtful children, an awesome career, fantastic friends, health, food and drink on the table, great books, entertainment, laughing, crying, …

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A Tale of Two Women

Dickens begins A Tale of Two Cities with the brilliant rhetorical flourish of the opening paragraph: “It was the best of times, it was worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it …

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