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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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Communication Tools

Can You Hear Me Now? by Wally Johnston (c) 2013  (Also published at Ezine.com) Ernest Hemmingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” This child didn’t have the pledge quite right: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic where witches dance, one Nation, under God, […]

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How To Be A Healthy Helper

Helping Without Hurting Yourself by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 We have all seen them. They stand on the corner with very creative cardboard signs: “Will work for food”; “Anything would help. “ A friend said they saw a young man, maybe thirty years of age, standing on a corner with this sign: “Need help: Homeless […]

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What Is A Normal Relationship?

Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Have you wondered if your love life is normal? by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 Several years into our marriage my wife and I began hearing about the lives of our friends and acquaintances that involved broken or weird relationships. My wife coined a phrase, “We are the only normal ones […]

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Communication Styles

Be Careful…Your Style Is Showing! by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 The world is full of Apps (Applications) that are used by computers to make life more productive and fun. Every so often my computer tells me there are programs to update. Sometimes I think, “Why bother?” Well if I don’t update I miss out on […]

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The Languages of Love

by Wally Johnston (c) 2013 What are the “romance languages?” All romance languages come from Vulgar (not naughty but common) Latin, including French, Italian, Spanish, and others. These languages are related through their use in the Roman Empire. “Love languages” are different from romance languages. They are the various expressions of love related to our […]

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A Family Friendly Super Bowl

The Big Game and sometimes stupid commercials are just around the corner. HOW CAN A FAMILY HAVE FUN TOGETHER ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY? Here are some suggestions: Families with children containing one Non-Super Bowl Parent (NSBP): After safely shutting the Super Bowl Parent (SBP) in a sound proof room (Little kids shouldn’t hear the sideline […]

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