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Phoebe Fox
Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications; a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs. Visit her at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter

Entries by Phoebe Fox

5 Ironclad Rules for Getting Through Your Breakup

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 9:59 AM

A woman I know well -- we'll call her my sister -- took three years to break up with her boyfriend.

She knew it had to happen; they fought all the time, he didn't treat her the way she wanted to be treated and he didn't get along with her...

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5 Signs Your Relationship Is in Trouble

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:21 PM

You made it through Valentine's Day.

Maybe it was a tender, heartfelt celebration of your union with candy hearts, flowers and singing birds.

Or maybe the über-romantic holiday left you feeling unsettled, insincere, worried. Now that Cupid's wings are out of your eyes, it could be time to...

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How Much Honesty Is TOO Much?

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:17 PM

This is the way my online dating profile began:

"Me: Painfully blunt, occasionally manic, often embarrassingly childish, driven to be a workaholic by vast stores of guilt and a fear of inadequacy. I try to be kind more often than not."

Or at least, it's how it would have...

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The Only Reason You Need to Know for Why Your Relationship Didn't Work Out

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 5:11 PM

A friend of mine recently dumped a guy she was crazy about.

She made that hard decision partly because in the six months they'd been dating, she'd never gone to his house. Not once.

When she first told me this my antennae went up. "Seriously?" I said to her. "He's...

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Why NOT to Put Your Best Foot Forward on a Date

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Recently I watched a man crash and burn when approaching a pretty woman at Starbucks.

As she busily typed into her phone while waiting in line, he strode right up into her personal space. "What kind of phone is that?"

The woman looked a bit bewildered. "I don't know...

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The Truth About 'Settling'

(4) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Someday, if you haven't already, you may meet your soul mate.

You will know each other's hearts immediately. You will be two halves of a whole, the missing piece you always knew was out there. You'll know perfect accord, always; you'll fulfill each other's every need; you will know each...

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When Did 'Unacceptable' Become 'Good Enough'?

(11) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 12:53 PM

A date I once had, a fix-up through a mutual friend, picked me up at my house with a Hershey bar tucked into his back pocket, squishy from his butt and the Florida heat, which he offered to me as if it were a bouquet. When he asked for a...

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Por que você não pode ser amigo do seu ex

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 2:06 PM

Separações são um saco.

Se você tiver dado um pé, ou levado, terminar um relacionamento é um saco cheio de dor, culpa, medo, rejeição, remorso, pena e ódio de si mesmo.

E o que é só uma desculpa para uma ideia terrivelmente ruim tende a sair das nossas bocas: "Vamos...

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Why You Can't Be Friends With Your Ex

(13) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Breakups suck.

Whether you're dumping or being dumped, breaking off a relationship is a giant suck sandwich with a nightmare filling of pain, guilt, fear, rejection, remorse, pity and self-loathing.

Which is the only excuse for the incredibly bad idea that tends to pop out of our mouths at...

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When Is a Deal Breaker Not a Deal Breaker?

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Many years ago -- long before I met and married my husband -- a guy I was dating regaled me with a story of how his cat ate his father's dentures one holiday weekend. His dad had to go toothless for days till his dentist opened up again. "I'll be...

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