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Me Too…How About You?

  As I write this we’ve witnessed the beginning of the “Me Too” movement.  It’s where people, mostly women, are speaking up about being abused.  That sure beats suffering in silence. Many couples find themselves suffering in silence.  One or both refuse to talk about any problems.  I’ve worked with many couples during my career […]

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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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The Couples “C” Word Can Save the Relationship

There are some words that lose their identity.  They become captured by a group that change their meaning.  For example, “gay.” We know what it means today but previously it meant “happy.” Some words get marginalized.  Take “commitment,” the big “C” word.  Unfortunately it is seldom used in conversations about relationships.  We base our love […]

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Love at First Sight?

  I recently saw a TV news report of a couple who started a relationship online.  After a period of time they decided to meet.  He flew to her city.  He came into the terminal carrying some roses.  They hugged and said to each other, “It’s good to meet you.”  He then got on his […]

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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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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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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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Saving Your Relationship by Thirty Percent

          If I could offer you an investment that would increase the likelihood of a good return by 30%, would you take it?  You might say, “One would be a fool to not take the offer.”  Are you ready for this?  There must be a lot of foolish people.  The greatest […]

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