We've all seen the photos; black rivers of mascara streaming down the bride's cheeks while her groom is gulping for air like a fish out of water. It's not the most elegant look. It's also one of the most common concerns that my wedding couples have about their wedding ceremony; "how do I stop myself from ugly crying?"
Women leave for many reasons, but there's one reason in particular that haunts me, one that I want men to understand: Women leave because their man is not present.
I had never been exposed to such heat. It was 110, and the sun felt as if all its power was aimed at the back of my neck. I was a chubby 18-year-old...
There were many times in my life when I had no interest in developing a relationship with someone but I never came right out and said it. What happened to diplomacy and kindness?
A question I get asked a lot is if Dana gets upset if someone slips and makes a mistake when addressing her. Does she get upset if someone accidentally calls her Rick rather than Dana or uses he or him instead of she or her?
We inhabit a small moment in time in a Church that has endured for 2,000 years and shall endure for many thousands more. The Church will not be shaken to the core if the divorced and remarried are admitted to Holy Communion. It would be nothing more than the practical working out of the Church's commitment to mercy.
Growing up in the sixties and seventies I would often watch my Mother prepare dinner. It would begin around three in the afternoon, after my sister and I had come home from school. As we were starting our homework, she was starting our dinner. The predictability was comforting.
Why take wedding advice from somebody like me? The answer is simple: I've been to weddings. Loads of them. The first was in Toronto circa 1981. The most recent: a year ago in Texas.
This is a wedding like you've never seen. Anita & Abraham met in the spring of 2013 at an Asperger's support group. They were friends for over a year...
In heightened states of emotion, parents can spew shame-filled words. While shame finds its origin in dozens of people and circumstances, far too many grown adults still experience shame because of how their parents (or primary caregivers) treated them as children or teenagers.
"A love without reproof is no love." ---Rabbi Yosi ben Chanina Reproof is defined as rebuke or criticism. You may feel safer by seething silen...
Not that cell phones and other technologies are the only culprits in our dismal relationship record, but research suggests that in many instances they are not helping.
As the capacity to love one another grows, we become increasingly able to rest comfortably in the knowledge that we are loved for who we are, not what we do. Over time, we may come to experience a previously unknown well of self-love. Feeling loved and really letting that in provides a fantastic sense of freedom -- freedom from fear of loss and freedom to be ourselves fully.
I, as perhaps you, have always hoped that each of my three children will, as adults, find positive, supportive partners with whom to share their lives. But holy heck, I still fell off my chair when my eldest son, at the tender age of 22, called me to announce his engagement.
What distinguishes successful couples is the ability to repair. How we handle the breakdown makes all the difference in the world. Don't be discouraged by conflict. Whether disconnections are frequent or few and far between, they can deepen trust if you step into the repair mode promptly.
When anyone hears stories of domestic violence, it's almost always physical abuse, death and even murder suicides. Most people, though, fail to understand how emotional abuse can also be domestic violence.