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If I’m Not the One Thing You Can’t Stand to Lose…

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Reba McEntire’s hit song Consider Me Gone expresses a feeling many of us have experienced in our relationships. “If I’m not the one thing you can’t stand to lose…consider me gone.” Feeling unimportant to someone we love and want in our life is intolerable. Our natural first impulse is to run. Yet, when I listen to this song, I don’t hear a woman who has...

Men, Women, Love, Respect

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In one of those fascinating blogs I never would have run across any other way, I found my review of Emerson Eggerichs’ book Love & Respect reprinted last week. The author of Suzanne’s Bookshelf, Suzanne McCarthy, wrote a six-party series on the book, especially the author’s claims to a basis in the Bible for the idea that women seek love and men seek respect. I think...

Why “Love Me Better” Fails

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I’m unhappy. Love me better.” That’s not exactly how we put it. We ask for more time at home, more romance, more appreciation, more help around the house, or more evenings out. Usually, what we ask for are things we received lots of us at the start of the relationship. We just want to go back to those good times, to feeling loved. Feeling that loved again is a perfectly...

How to Enjoy Being Married for 80 Years

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Wishing a happy 80th anniversary today to Clyde and Marie Barnes, and thank to Salt Lake’s Channle 5, KSL-TV, for letting us know what Marie says is the secret to their success. “We just try to love what the other one does and do it together. If he suggests something, I try to go along with it. And if I suggest something, he seems to do the same.” Sounds to me like Marie listens...

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What to Expect When in Marriage

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Before the wedding, we say we don’t know exactly what to expect from marriage. We lie. It’s not even a year before most utter the words, “If you loved me…” or “If he loved me…” or “Why can’t she…” We know what we expect, and it is a disappointment when it’s not what we get. Picture yourself planning a garden tour. You...

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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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