Emotional Quandary - Differences in Life Goals

The last 2,3 weeks have been difficult. Do you have expectations for your partner’s career when you get married? I did. And just recently, after close to 10 years of marriage, I realized that his goal was different from what I assumed it was. To be honest, I was upset, disappointed. I questioned if what I’ve done had affected his manner; if I had worked harder would he have worked harder; am I as mediocre professionally as he is, is that why we are together?   But then, couple of things occurred to me:  ...more

Living with a natural critic.

 My man is a critic. Don't get me wrong, he is a decent and hardworking man. I sometimes count the number of criticisms in an hour. They are little things, mostly. Recently, I find myself just letting these comments go. Why respond to these jabs? I know who I am, and with recent 51 year-old maturity, I don't want to waste precious time trying to have a conversation with a natural critic. Why not? Because, the natural critic rarely criticizes in order to help. These negative comments are more about them....more

Baby Talk

by Lianne Castelino www.whereparentstalk.com Had lunch with two old friends yesterday.  Two of us started our careers together, the third was our mentor.  Neither has changed in over 20 years!  Definitely a treasured friendship! ...more

When Was Your Last Date With Your Partner? Focus more on your relationship with each other, Rather than the kids

I realized in the over one hundred posts from this past year, I have not written once about marriage or committed relationships. I've written about simple living issues such as organizing, eco-friendly items, emotional health, community events, and even our dog, but not one post has been about the very important relationship we have with our spouses or partners....more

When Staying Isn’t an Option: Tips for Identifying an Abuser and Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Sleeping with the Enemy  When I think of an abusive relationship, I think of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy starring Ju...more

This is a great article. Thank you for sharing. I think it's hugely important to have your ...more

Out of This World

 Allow a few deep, slow breaths as you relax and feel the beauty of a year at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grbu5cyPvNU (1:39 sec)...more

Ring This Up

  Have you noticed the retail holiday season has been artificially expanding lately? Avoid pressure from the media, retailers or anyone to make holiday purchases....more


"It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it."  ~W....more

Adventures in New Dating - The Picky Factor

  I could never date someone who smokes. Shyness is a deal breaker. Long toes freak me out. Most people know what they don't want in a partner...more

Feed Them On Your Dreams

In the blink of an eye, it happens just this fast:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHb7Ig3yPgI&am...more