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Does Marriage Really Take Work?

My friend “Devon” told me something unexpected at lunch the other day. In hushed tones (we were near his place of work), he told me that he and his wife were seeing a marriage counselor. His revelation surprised me. I believed him to have a rock solid marriage, and he had never confided any problems […]

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I didn’t know it at the time but my husband was being “strategic” and not cheap when he proposed to me without an engagement ring on the dock of my family’s cottage.

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The One Thing Your Lover Wants On Valentine’s Day Is…

It’s tough being a guy on Valentine’s Day. Over half of women say they would end their relationship if their partner didn’t give them anything on this annual ritual for lovers. Talk about performance anxiety!

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After decades of marriage, I can predict what my husband will get me this Valentine’s Day.

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Does Your Partner Care How You Make A Living?

“What do you do?” I love to ask this question when I meet someone new–at parties, at the gym, at the dog park. I’m insanely curious about how people make a living, especially when their world is so different than my own. But the question, “What do you do?” takes on extra meaning when we […]

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Have You Had “The Talk” About Housework?

You are watching the roving dust elephants in your living room crash into the dust bunnies. And your romantic partner is expecting you to tame them. But your growing menagerie doesn’t bother you. Life is short. Should you really be wasting your time pushing a vacuum when you could be pushing pedals in your spinning […]

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What’s Your TV Show Compatibility?

Yesterday, after dinner, my husband announced, “I’m going to watch the basketball game,” and headed to the basement. The Toronto Raptors were playing the Portland Trail Blazers. My husband is a huge hometown fan. Since the start of the season I have been hearing random bursts of “YES!!!” emanating from downstairs as the Raptors sink […]

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I met my friend Tara for dinner last week at a downtown bistro. Coming in from the chilly sidewalk, I was greeted by her warm smile. After kisses on both cheeks, we quickly ordered two glasses of red wine, and dove into delicious grilled calamari and spicy chatter. We were having great belly laughs until […]

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This Valentine’s Day Give A Card With More Oomph

My favorite part of Valentine’s Day is shopping for a card. I love my annual pilgrimage to the stationery store. It feels so retro to linger over one card after another. I take the time to read each saying, feel the quality of the bond, and appraise the design before making this very important purchase […]

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Last year at exactly this time I firmly decided, “Nope. I am not setting myself up for another year of failure by making New Year’s resolutions.”

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