Spousal Gossip
Spousal Gossip – Yea or Nay?

  Most of us would not want to be referred to as “A Gossip” – or get caught gossiping. So is gossip always a bad thing? I decided to check out a dictionary to see if there is any positive definition for ‘gossip.’ As it turns out, after checking several sources, I was indeed able...

A Christmas Carol – 5 Ghosts of Christmas Past

Some people collect stamps. Some people collect art. My husband and me? We collect movie versions of A Christmas Carol. You knew there was more than one, right? We have them in black and white, technicolor, animated, satired, new, old, musical – we’re always on the lookout for one we haven’t seen before. Just in...

Friday Five #6

Friday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face. Welcome to the pre-Valentine edition. I had planned to cover the Valentine’s Day idea...

Easter – it’s Not Just for Bunnies Anymore

I wanted to send you an Easter smile. In deference to those who observe a somber Good Friday, I’m trading in the Friday Five for a Thursday Tickle. Following is a special Easter Parade of Easter-Bunny-Wannabes! (Or in some cases, Easter-Bunny-DON’T Wannabes!!) MAY YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER!

75 One-Size-Fits-All Christmas Stocking Stuffers

WELCOME TO DAY 2 OF THE STOCKING STUFFER EXTRAVAGANZA! (If you missed Day 1 – Stocking Stuffers for $5 or less – click here.) I call the following ideas for stocking stuffers “one-size-fits-all” because they are gender neutral. If sizes are really involved, you may want to pick the appropriate one for your mate! Here...

10 Bathroom Habits That Can Harm Your Marriage

Do we live in Michigan or Rhode Island? Will we home school or send our kids to public or private school? Will we buy a house or rent a condo? Those are all big issues in marriage that could spark  heated discussion if spouses have differing opinions. But when a decision is made, there’s a...

Smile-Power in Marriage

            Who are you saving your smile for? A disgruntled coworker? A parent you cut off in the drop-off lane? We use smiles in a deliberate way because we know their power. An upward twist of the lips can stop a griping employee in his tracks or ease the tension in a chaotic situation.            ...

Date Your Mate for Free
Date Your Mate – For Free!

Part 1             We’ve all heard it – if you want a better marriage, make time for you and your mate. Have a date night – once a week. Or at least monthly. Go. Do it. Date. There are lots of good reasons. Psychologists are telling you to do it.  Counselors, pastors, wise family members...

Marriage Chuckles

Happy marriages don’t just happen – it takes two spouses committed to honing those skills that enhance the relationship. Today’s Friday Five focuses on five such skills.                         Related:   Marriage:  5 To Make You Smile      5 Links to Laughter

Divorcing Parents, Listen to the Judge

In case you’re wondering whether or not judges care about the orders they issue regarding your children, I’m here to tell you that, from what I have seen in over two decades of practicing Family Law, most of them do. That’s not to say they’re not thoughtful about the rulings that affect you and your...

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