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Three New Books on the Theme of "It Isn't Easy Being Gay"

Janet Mason | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.

Boy Friend (New)

Stanley Ely | Posted 11.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Stanley Ely

R recently acquired a new boyfriend. For more than the couple of decades that I've known him, no boyfriend appeared on the radar. Hardly had I heard of an interest in one. R has taken a turn in the road.

The Real Reason Why 'I Can't Do What I Know I Need to Do'

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Recognizing the shadow aspects of ourselves, those parts that we have denied, disowned, or attempt to conceal from others, is a powerful step in the process of becoming a more self-accepting person, which is a pretty important aspect of any successful relationship.

Why Settle for Something Good?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Becoming a great success in any arena is a cumulative process that occurs over a period of years, choice-by-choice, step-by-step, leading to transformation. The process is characterized by steady plodding, which builds greater momentum.

Observations of a Freelancer

Jamie Silverman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Jamie Silverman

For almost a full year, I was in an amazing relationship -- with my career. We had tremendous respect for each other, the perfect amount of give and take. The near perfect year of my advertising career was the year I worked as a freelancer.

The Real Reason That Opposites Attract

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Great relationships thrive on passion, particularly passionate lovemaking, and in trying too hard to avoid risk or novelty, we may inadvertently cool down the sexual heat by transforming our perception of our partner from a lover to a parent or a child.

Life Lessons Learned From Salsa

Lissa Coffey | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

Every one of us is going to have our own pace. We can't compare ourselves to other dancers, or other people. We need to be patient, and gentle with ourselves. Just do your best and trust in the process. When we keep going, we eventually get there. There are many paths to any destination.

The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Figure out what you truly believe and make a choice that works for you.

Surviving 18 Months Traveling With My Wife

Kip Patrick | Posted 09.08.2014 | Travel
Kip Patrick

Was surviving our sojourn an achievement worth noting on a resume? And more importantly, am I so terrible a travel partner as to note mere survival as a successful outcome? This would require serious thought.

Think Vacations Are Luxuries? Think Again

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

By interrupting our normal pattern, we not only gain a fresh perspective, but we get to rest, refresh, and recharge. No matter how little time or money you think you have, you just can't afford not to take vacations!

Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Learn from the guy -- from his self-awareness, his willingness to move on, and his ability to make his life better by finding support, creating something, and learning from others. Channel the parts of Van Gogh that work for you and create an even better story for yourself because of it.

Are You My Soulmate?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Having relationship upsets and disappointments doesn't necessarily mean that we're a mismatch. These things happen, even in the best partnerships and they are not indicators that we're not meant to be together. They are part of the process. The real question has to do with whether or not each of us is willing to learn and grow ourselves into whole, loving human beings.

The Annoying Truth That Will Grow Your Business

Ian Altman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

I was speaking to a group of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Managing Directors (MDs) of various companies in the United Kingdom recently. We we...

Family Launches Blackstock Music Festival to Benefit Communities in Poverty

Nourish International | Posted 07.22.2014 | Entertainment
Nourish International

This post is written by Emily Fields, Development Coordinator, Nourish International Blackstock Music Festival May 30-31st, 2014 in Blackstock, SC ...

The Completely Avoidable Way We Mess Things Up

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Promise that we will -- literally and figuratively -- take our foot off the gas pedal when we feel ourselves getting sloppy. Which will help us avoid hurting ourselves, our reputations, and our beloved modes of transportation.

The Problem With Your Problem Solver

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 06.22.2014 | Business
Deirdre Maloney

Today's blog has been written while in the midst of an emotional whirlwind. The culprit behind the chaos? An impending, temporary move overseas.

Connecting Through Eye Contact

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Amodeo, PhD

Eye contact, along with the connection it may bring, can become a kind of mindfulness practice. We can notice what we're experiencing in our stomach or heart as we gaze into our lover's magical eyes. Maybe there's a delightful sense of warmth and expansiveness, or a fear of losing ourselves.

What I Love About You Is...

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

In a healthy, loving, long-term relationship we have to continuously and consciously choose to fall in love with our partner. It's an ongoing choice....

The Direct Path to Self-Awareness

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

The hidden power of the shadow. "You can learn more about yourself in a week in a marriage than you can meditating for 10 years in a cave." -- Step...

Breaking Free From the Myth of Independence

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

One of the greatest gifts available among the many that great relationships offer, is the assistance that our partner provides in the face of the challenges that life inevitably serves up to us. We can meet those challenges with confidence, and can afford to take on those that are bigger, grander, and more exciting, resting into the assurance that we are fully supported.

5 Languages of Love

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Audrey van Petegem

For some reason, I seem to be always talking about Love these days. Hum... I wonder why? Anyway, I do find it a fascinating and complicated topic. How...

Full Disclosure: It's Not What You Think It Is

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Full disclosure is about being transparent and honest with each other out of the intention of promoting deeper trust, respect, and integrity in the relationship.

11 Things That Are Better Than An Orgasm

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 02.20.2014 | Women
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

The next time you're feeling the pressure to have an orgasm, or have more orgasms, or have a certain type of orgasm... remember that life offers you many forms of bliss.

Does Your Relationship Have IDD? -- Part 2

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

IDD (Intimacy Deficiency Disorder) is an insidious relationship-threatening condition that if unaddressed can undermine and severely damage even the m...

Why You Shouldn't Pick Your Battles

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

There's a difference between taking a position against something and taking a stand for something. Taking a stand is about expressing our perspective rather than delivering opinions, judgments, and unsolicited advice, particularly when there may be an implicit threat in our position.