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February 19, 2019

Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love . . . Date #1

With bellies miserably full of Thai Beef and Noodles, he washed and I dried.  Alexa was playing Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran in the background.  When your legs don’t work like they used to beforeAnd I can’t sweep you off of your feetWill your mouth still remember the taste of my loveWill […]
February 13, 2019

Pucker Up . . . It’s Kiss Day

Who knew?  The day before Valentine’s Day is now known as Kiss Day.  That’s the prefect prelude to love and romance. Kissing, that wonderful, sloppy, sensual act is the gateway to a great love life.  Remember the scene from The Notebook, where Ryan Gosling and Rachel Adams were mugging down in the pouring […]
December 11, 2018

Holiday Traditions Create Shared Meaning

Families are gearing up to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and the many other winter holidays that are upon us.  While this can be a stressful time, it can also be a joyous time of family connection. How each family celebrates is unique. The other day I was culling out photos from […]
November 28, 2018

You’re not the Grinch: You Don’t Hate the Holidays, You Hate the Work

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.”  Charlie Brown and the Grinch have something in common, the lost meaning of Holidays. For the Grinch, being mean transfers his lack of joy on […]
November 1, 2018

How to Sail Through Certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Reposting a blog I wrote that appeared on The Gottman Relationship Blog In October 2012, my business partner Alysha Roll and I travelled to Seattle for Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. We were so excited to learn from the Gottmans in person and the experience did not […]
November 1, 2018

Intimate Partner Violence and the #MeToo Movement

Reposting a blog I wrote that appeared on The Gottman Relationship Blog  Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault and violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Over the years, the term domestic violence has been broadened to the more accurate term, intimate partner violence, acknowledging that abuse can occur […]