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There are some people you just cannot buy for, fathers included. Mother’s Day buying is so simple. Sometime the gift giving is a challenge because we really do not know our Dads. I did not really know my Dad very well. He was old enough to be my grandfather. About the time my youngest brother […]

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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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The Supreme Court: An Illustration of Family

  The death of Antonin Scalia has had a profound effect on the Supreme Court. He was one of the most vocal justices on the court.  Without him, the Supreme Court “family” changed.  People like Justice Thomas spoke for the first time in ten years during a session!  He is trying to fill the gap […]

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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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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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Reduce Stress, Start a Christmas Conspiracy!

You hear and maybe say it every year…”Christmas has gotten out of hand. Too much consumerism” and then we go right out and spend, spend, spend! Stress, stress, stress! Have you ever planned your Christmas as a family?  For next year would you like to teach your kids that spending isn’t that important?  Perhaps you […]

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Bring Passion Into Your Relationship

When you think of passion in relationships, you are probably thinking amorous thoughts.  You have a point there but that is not what I’m talking about. Let me illustrate: A young man told me that he had a steady job but that wasn’t his passion. (BTW: passion can     mean any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling. Not just between couples. It’s something […]

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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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The Impossible Narcissist Boss

    The Impossible Narcissist Boss When growing up, I inherited a little desk plaque that read: “It’s hard to be humble when you are as great as I am.”  A narcissist is a self-made man who worships his creator!  In their inflated view, everything revolves around them.  Do you know someone like that?  What […]

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