Some months ago, Oprah had author, visionary and cultural mid-wife Jean Houston on her TV show. "What do you wish people knew?" Oprah asked Jean. "I wish people knew how powerful love is," Jean answered.
Expanding love gets down to appreciating that love must be current, electric, pulsating, fresh, flowing, spontaneous. Hard to have it this way when you believe you "know all" about that person who is "numero uno" in your heart.
How many initials carved into trees are a testament to too little judgment and too much moonshine? How many are a testament to loves lost and hearts still aching? How many are able to draw us a picture of two people on a trail, walking a little slower, perhaps, but still holding hands?
Recipes are the currency by which generations of women define and distinguish themselves from other families. These sometimes-secret formulas, handed down from mother to daughter, are inscriptions of endearment, the personal stamp encrypted in each dish like DNA.
What's the secret to long-lasting relationships? It seems your answers were close to what my answers would be: Laughter, kindness, respect, allowing the other to grow, hanging in there when it gets rough, not walking away. And great sex.
We all remember the intense feeling of falling in love... and the uncertainty over whether those feelings are returned. A new study suggests that after 20 years you can have the excitement without the apprehension.