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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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How NOT to Lose a Job!

  I had a former boss who said, “You learn more from your mistakes that your successes.”  I’m not sure if he was trying to encourage me or warn me. I learned one of those lessons lately and it cost me a possible job.  I had applied for a communications/media job.  I knew I was […]

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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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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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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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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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