May 7, 2019
Eight Dates.

Date 6: Play and Adventure

Nothing like a thunderstorm that produces dime size hail, tornados, flash flooding and a power outage to thwart date night plans.  Fast-forward twenty-four hours and we were still without electricity, so we set out to find somewhere to eat and have some fun. Fun and adventure are like oxygen for relationship […]
April 27, 2019
Fred, therapy dog.

The Dog-tor Will See You Now: How Therapy Dogs Augment Counseling Sessions

Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation, and almost as good for the soul as prayer.  author Dean Koontz John sat across from Alicia, with tears in his eyes, telling the painful story of his father’s rejection of him in […]
April 22, 2019
Eight Dates for a lifetime of love.

Date # 5: Room to Grow: Family

As an empty-nesters, our memories about deciding to have a baby are swayed by how we feel now. By that I mean we tend to glorify the struggle of rearing our only child.  Now that our son is off at college, we find ourselves reminiscing and it all has a positive […]
March 28, 2019
Eight Dates for a lifetime of love.

Date #4: The Cost of Love: Work and Money

Eight Dates:  Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, the newest book by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, guides readers to have important conversations while on a date. For Date #4 the topic is work and money and how each partner brings value to the relationship. It also includes a discussion […]
March 18, 2019
Eight dates for a lifetime of love.

Date #3 . . . Let’s Get It On: Sex and Intimacy

“I admit it, I am a receiver, not a giver”.   He nodded with a playful smirk on his face. We were on our third date from the book Eight Dates:  Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Date #3 is Let’s Get It On:  Sex and Intimacy. The scene of the date had been […]
March 2, 2019
Eight dates for a lifetime of love.

Date #2: Exploring Anger

“I see you Jake Sully”, my husband said. I burst into laughter. We were working through our second date from Eight Dates:  Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.  The topic was Agree to Disagree:  Addressing Conflict. His response was perfect. Jake Sully was the protagonist in the movie Avatar.  In the movie, the Na’Vi […]