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BITS OF TIME

We take care of our two-year-old granddaughter during the week. I work at home which means I don’t work at home :).   I’ve always been one that needs a big block of time in order to write something.  Now my block has been shattered to bits! I’ve learned to be productive in little spaces of […]

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Relationship Growth Through Differences

When it comes to relationships, what color is your shamrock?  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here when everything turns green.  Did you know that Irish Catholics wear green and Irish Protestants wear orange? 1 Having differences are okay as long as we can accept them and even realize growth from them. Our two boys […]

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Money Saving Relationships

I enjoy bargains.  I don’t like to pay full price for anything.  My wife would say I’m a penny pincher.  I would say I’m a wise shopper.  In the end I usually save money.  My wife has a different approach.  She comes back from a shopping trip and says, “You won’t believe how much money […]

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You + Others = Happy!

Someone commented on the title of this blog, “Relationships Rock!” She said, “Yes, if they are good relationships!”  I suppose that’s true.  Have you ever thought about how good relationships add to your happiness? Conversely, how would your happiness be affected without these relationships? Consider these points: Relationships bring meaning – Being with others gives […]

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Friendship From The Ashes

Tomorrow is Patriot Day.  That’s code language for 9/11/01.  What does Patriot Day have to do with relationships? The terrorist attacks in 2001 brought a lot of negatives but also some positives.  For starters, it brought Americans together, at least for a time.  This was especially true in New York City.  When the towers went […]

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Labor Day and the Work of Relationships

  Sometimes we look to accomplish something without working for it; diets for example.  Have you been down the diet section of a bookstore lately?  There are rows of great ideas to lose weight, many of them the “easy” way.  You probably couldn’t sell a book called, “The Hard Work of Losing Weight.”  Let’s face it; […]

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What Was I Thinking?!

      I have been a husband for a long time (No, I’m not going to tell you for how long!).  You would think I would know better than to trip a marital landmine.  The problem is that I am an external processor (see my blog “Communication Styles” .  When my brain processes, my […]

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Don’t Fight With Your Team!

  “…talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.” –from the Optimist Creed Some say “Talk is cheap.”  Actually talk is very expensive.   Why?  Because of the damage it can render.  Our words can cut deep, especially to our close relationships.  When such talk is exchanged we end up in conflict. When I […]

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Texting Your Way to a Better Relationship

When it comes to current technology, I confess I’m older and therefore need a “Dummies” book.  I recently texted a younger friend who texted back, “I didn’t know you could text!” Some younger folk usually respond to texting before phoning.  I have to text a friend to tell them I am about to call them and to […]

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Relationship Resurrection

If we could package our relationships, they would have labels marked, “Handle with Care.”  We all have received packages in the mail that were roughed-up.  I have seen some boxes that looked like they had been left beside a road after they were roughly played with by a group of gorillas.  Before opening such packages […]

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