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Assume Love’s 15th Anniversary

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Fifteen years ago today, on Valentine’s Day of 2006, I launched this blog to share some thoughts on marriage. I am so proud of the body of work that has followed. To see all of the posts, I hope you will visit the Archives. My very first post, so that I could link to it in the sidebar ever since, was Don’t Pretend Love You Assume Love when you take a second look at what your spouse or...

How to Stay Married for 33 Years and Then Some

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When my wonderful friend Gill Othen celebrated her 33rd wedding anniversary in August, she added this comment on Facebook: "It’s funny — very few of my ‘gang’ at Durham have divorced, yet there seem to be very few people my age who haven’t been otherwise." I asked her for a guest post, then I clumsily never noticed it slip into my inbox until now, almost 3...

Marriage Tips from a Long-Married Wife

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This is a guest post written for Assume Love by Elizabeth H. Cottrell. My husband and I are about to celebrate our 39th anniversary. In case you haven’t already covered these “secrets,” I share them now: Listen to each other — REALLY listen, and confirm that you’ve heard by saying it back, “So, am I understanding that what you mean is…?” Physical...

Valentine’s Day – 5th and 82nd Anniversaries

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Today is this blog’s fifth anniversary, a huge occasion for me. I am so grateful to you for being a part of it. On this wonderful day, I also want to say Happy Anniversary to Winnie and Marshall Kuykendall of Lordsburg, NM. Today is their 82nd wedding anniversary. Their only child, a daughter, has been married for 56 years. Now, as Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s poster children for...

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I am a widow who got it right the second time. I have been sharing here since February 14, 2006 what I learned from that experience and from positive psychology, marriage research, and my training as a marriage educator.

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