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Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Are you planning your first vacation as a couple? YAY, what a great step in your relationship. There is no better way to really get to know someone than spending concentrated time together, outside of your natural habitat. Unfortunately, for too many couples, their vacation…

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I Just Ate My Words

I Just Ate My Words

I just had a flashback to when Jake was in Grade 10, six years ago. He asked me to read an essay that was due within the next couple of hours. Jake was the type of student who never suffered from writer’s block. He could…

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The Business of Relationships (Yes, there is even a mathematical formula)

The Business of Relationships (Yes, there is even a mathematical formula)

“If you’ve seen one marriage, you’ve seen one marriage.” This quote was offered by one of the participants from a round table of senior consultants, lawyers, and corporate professionals that I co-hosted in early April with Brent Wagner (BMO), and facilitated by Kitchen Table conversation…

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Have You Had “The Talk” About Housework?

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…

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Stage 4: I Survived

Stage 4: I Survived

Tom Junod who writes for Esquire, GQ, and many other top magazines described the four stages of writing. I just completed a commissioned feature on governance practices in start-ups with married co-founders and can attest to its accuracy. Before I lose you in this post…

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Would It Kill Me To Talk Less?

Would It Kill Me To Talk Less?

Paul McLaughlin, a well-known journalist, ex-CBC producer, and interviewing trainer came to talk to my advanced feature-writing class at Ryerson last night about the art of the interview. I learned more in those riveting few hours about human behaviour than I did in the years…

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Three Communication Tips For Contacting An Old Flame

Three Communication Tips For Contacting An Old Flame

My friend “Brian” received an email from “Maggie” out of the blue, someone whom he had dated in high school and has not seen in decades. Maggie hinted she often made it into the city where Brian lived—prompting Brian’s wife to ask, “WTF?” Have you…

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You Love Watching Grey’s Anatomy. He Loves Watching Making Of A Murderer. Is This A Problem?

You Love Watching Grey’s Anatomy. He Loves Watching Making Of A Murderer. Is This A Problem?

(Guest post for eHarmony Canada) 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…

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Are you good at business relationships? 10 questions you should ask yourself right now.

Are you good at business relationships? 10 questions you should ask yourself right now.

I’m a management consultant who blogs about romantic relationships. This makes me exceptionally popular at cocktail parties (the “blogger” part I mean). Everyone has a relationship story, dilemma or curiosity and who doesn’t want to talk about juicy topics like the ethics of an affair….

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Is Your Partner’s Ex Driving You Crazy? 3 Ways You Can Make It Stop.

Is Your Partner’s Ex Driving You Crazy? 3 Ways You Can Make It Stop.

(Guest post for eHarmony Canada) I met my friend Tara for dinner last week at a downtown bistro. Coming in from the chilly Toronto sidewalk, I was greeted by her warm smile. After kisses on both cheeks, we quickly ordered two glasses of red wine,…

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