Men of Integrity- How to Create Lives of Acceptance, Love, and Peace

Men of Integrity: How to Create Lives of Acceptance, Love, and Peace

Photo courtesy of 123RF.  altanaka/123RF Men Of Integrity I am married to a good man. Together we raised four boys who have become good men. My daughter is about to marry a good man. And by “good”, I mean men of integrity; men who respect others and who are kind; men who strive to live […]

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Transform Grief and Loss–How to Create a Life and Marriage that Thrives

Transform Grief and Loss: How to Create a Life and Marriage that Thrives

In my last post, “How to Reclaim Your Life and Strengthen Your Marriage” I mentioned that part of the reclamation process is grieving what was lost. In this post, I want to explore more deeply what this means and what this looks like. Little Deaths; Being Abandoned. When we live for some time abandoning ourselves […]

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Rain, Stillness and the Power of Connection

Spring Season Pacific Northwest Style I am sitting on the couch with a fire going in the wood burning stove and the steady fall of rain outside my windows. Welcome to the spring season in the Pacific Northwest. As the sky drops more and more rain, the world becomes greener and brighter. In the 24 […]

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How to Reclaim Your Life and Strengthen Your Marriage

How to Reclaim Your Life and Strengthen Your Marriage

When I was 24 years old and preparing to marry, my aunt, who was a wise and strong woman, gave me a small, glass ballerina. I had studied ballet while growing up. And since I lived just outside of New York City, I was influenced by the world-renown ballet companies right outside my doorstep and […]

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is three or more better than two?

Three or More Better than Two? A Critique of Megyn Kelly’s approach to consensual non-monogamy

Can we just take a very important pause here to think consciously and intentionally about Megyn Kelly’s interviews about consensual non-monogamy on her March 1st show? Sexism Revealed As a couples therapist who often works with clients who are wrestling with the challenges of monogamy, and/or the challenges of consensual non-monogamy, I was so taken […]

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love stories

Love Stories

Two weeks ago, my daughter came into town to shop for her wedding dress. We carefully planned our day and the places we would shop. Our first stop was a beautiful vintage shop in Ballard.  http://trovevintage.blogspot.com/ The salesperson took us to their back room where their vintage wedding dresses were stored. As we entered, I […]

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balancing the surface and the deep

Balancing the Surface and the Deep

As the quiet days of January and deep winter settle upon us, I have been thinking of one of life’s greatest challenges: how to stay connected to the deeper more meaningful aspects of life while tending to the surface aspects of the never-ending, mundane tasks of our daily routines. I always feel calmer, more peaceful, […]

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christmas, homecoming and heart connections

Christmas, Homecoming, and Heart Connections

Every year at Christmas, my adult children come home from various parts of the country or world, depending on the year. Christmas represents the home-coming season for me; the season of heart connections. Every year when they arrive home, they are carrying different experiences within their hearts. Some years they’ve been weary from travel and […]

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thanksgiving remembered

Thanksgiving Remembered

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I have found myself thinking of thanksgivings past. I have such cherished memories of Thanksgiving with my family, growing up in New Jersey. Every year, my parents and my older sister and younger brother would go to my aunt and uncle’s house. For me, this was the place of childhood joy […]

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How to Practice Self Awareness and Create a Stronger Marriage

Self awareness is one of the keys to creating a strong marriage. One contributing factor of thriving relationships is each partner’s ability to understand and accept themselves through the practice of self awareness. When both partners are able to clarify and express their thoughts, perspectives, experiences and their emotions effectively in an atmosphere of receptivity, […]

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