Romantic loving is, for Simone de Beauvoir, existentially dangerous. Romantic relationships can be such intoxicating experiences that lovers get lost in euphoria. Authentic loving, according to Beauvoir, needs to overcome such traps.
Our new life has begun and we are settling into our new normal. What seemed impossible at times is now do-able without even blinking an eye... sometimes.
A few days before Christmas, I got a call at work from my fertility specialist's office. The nurse told me that yes, I was pregnant. But the levels did not look great, and they wanted me to come in after the holiday to recheck the numbers again. Four losses in 13 months. I was beyond devastated.
My husband is having an emotional affair. There, I've said it. Actually, if we're being perfectly honest, it's three emotional affairs and they're all with cooking show honeys. I'll refer to them as the Southern Sweetie, the Pioneer Person and the Italian Temptress.
When it comes to marriage, we all have our own preconceived notions about what life will look like as a twosome that, well, quite frankly aren't true.
Here I am middle of the bridge, trying not to look back and lusting for that glimpse of the light ahead. And there it is. In the craziness of this world, in the storm that rocked out worlds, a glimpse of light. What a blessing.
Melissa doesn't believe that God or The Universe owed her something as precious and precarious as her husband's health. She accepts that life, often, is a crapshoot. And sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes you simply don't. And sometimes you get a mix -- and that's what Melissa got and she's grateful for it.
Polyamorous partners do not have the privilege of legal marriage. I interviewed author and poly advocate Dr. Anya Trahan about the Supreme Court Decision, and what she sees as the way forward for those who embrace ethical loving with multiple partners.
It feels that we are living in a time where there is a full frontal assault on sexuality in our country, and at the same time we are wanting to know more and more about it. And it is creating a level of anxiety, fear and confusion in the lives of every day people that is preventing them from finding peace and finding happiness in their own skins, in their own lives, just as they are.
I have come to consider myself a poster child for the joys of being an empty nester. My nest has been empty for three years with daughters in New York, Atlanta and until recently, Boston. These years were exciting and fulfilling for me as I pursued my own passions and watched my adult children creating their own lives.
Many people have unresolved issues from their past that are destroying their present relationships. These issues cloud the lenses through which they see themselves and others to such a degree that a perfectly good marriage or partnership can be completely ruined.
Recently, more and more of my friends are getting engaged, getting married, and having kids. Actually, it's pretty much everyone. But that's not all. This whole business of engagement and marriage also paves the way for complete lifestyle changes.
Last week, Ashley Madison, a dating site that explicitly targets people who want to have extra-marital affairs, was hacked by a group calling itself the Impact Team. The hackers claim to have gained access to the company's entire database of clients.
Even practiced lovers can make some pre- and post-sex mistakes that may foul an otherwise beautiful coupling. Don't let these 7 silly things get in the way of a rockin' romp.
I am nine months into marriage and already have regrets. I do not regret my choice of partner, or our choice to get married, but do regret who I was prior to marriage and what I did (or didn't do) when I was single.
by Jillian Kramer, BRIDES Robert Mitra/Courtesy of CNP Montrose Scheduling sex isn't necessarily sexy. But let's get real: If you didn't...