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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Relationship Retreat

I recently went on a church retreat.  Some churches call it an “advance.”  I guess they think retreating means turning tail and running away.  Actually, the word “treat” means anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.  The dictionary says a retreat is a place of refuge, seclusion, privacy and also a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation. Doesn’t […]

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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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Our Latest Parenting Class at Love, INC Beaverton

I just completed the “Becoming A Love & Logic Parent” series at Love, INC Beaverton.  What a great group of parents and kids!  The class learned a lot about parenting by sharing their experiences each week while using the Love & Logic tools.  We are planning to start a monthly Parent Connection beginning in September […]

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A Father’s View of Father’s Day

  I have a friend who was born on Christmas Eve.  That makes it easy to remember but Dale must feel like he is cheated; his day overshadowed by the “Big” holiday birthday. One of my sons was born on June 20th making it close to Father’s Day each year.  You may think I feel short-sheeted […]

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New eBook Published

I just released Relationship Pyramid…Friendships That Make A Difference on my webpage. You will learn about the four friendships that can make a positive difference in your personal and professional lives. To order your copy just click on the title above.  It will take you to my webpage.  Scroll down and you will see the book […]

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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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