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How Dora’s Affair Started

How Dora’s Affair Started

I am going to see Every Other Couple at the Hot Docs Festival today. This documentary from Finland profiles couples who vowed to be together forever but are now picking up the pieces after their divorce. A number of years ago, I interviewed Dora (not her…

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3 Communication Tips for your Long Distance Romance

3 Communication Tips for your Long Distance Romance

Listen to this. A sociologist in 1932 looked at thousands of marriage licenses in Philadelphia and found that close to 40% had lived within a 20 block radius of each other before marriage; one out of eight had lived in the same building. Other sociologists…

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2017 New Year’s Resolution: Be Kind In Your Dating Life

2017 New Year’s Resolution: Be Kind In Your Dating Life

New Year’s resolutions don’t often win the prize for creativity. Lose weight, get organized, quit smoking. These are hard to keep so no wonder most resolutions go the way of the dodo bird before the snow melts. How about a more realistic resolution for 2017?…

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4 Ways to Fly Solo while waiting for “The One”

4 Ways to Fly Solo while waiting for “The One”

My friend Jamie married for the first time in her mid-40s. “I was totally happy and loved being single,” she told me as we chatted over coffee recently. But when she finally met her husband-to-be ten years ago, she was smitten: “He was the most…

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You Are Dating Someone with Kids. Can This Relationship Work?

You Are Dating Someone with Kids. Can This Relationship Work?

There is a special place in heaven for people who accept that love is a “package deal”. While every relationship requires some compromises and sacrifices, dating someone with kids (a.k.a. “the package”) really puts those values to the test. Are you up for the challenge?…

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10 Tips For A Great Coffee Date

10 Tips For A Great Coffee Date

  My pal “Sabrina” phoned me after her first coffee date with “Bill”. He seemed so promising on-line but “did nothing but talk about himself the whole time,” she complained. Bill squandered an opportunity to get to know Sabrina better, and turned her off in…

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Most People Lie on their Dating Profile. Should You?

Most People Lie on their Dating Profile. Should You?

Shortly after my friend Mary got engaged, she discovered her fiancé had fibbed about his age. “I was cleaning my apartment, and found his passport,” she recalls. “His date of birth showed that he was five years older than he told me he was.” Naturally,…

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Play Hard To Get

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Play Hard To Get

Perhaps you heard the advice from your mother, or a well-meaning friend. Or maybe you read a book like “The Rules” that convinced you to never call a guy first, accept a date at the last minute, or offer to pay for coffee. In other…

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Playing in the Ashes – Three Years Later

Playing in the Ashes – Three Years Later

I just finished reading Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance. Ansari is a stand-up comic, has a show on Netflix and was in Parks and Recreation. He wasn’t on my radar but John thought the book seemed like one I should read. And when your husband…

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Why Mr. Right May Be Too Good To Be True

Why Mr. Right May Be Too Good To Be True

The Situation Many years ago, an older relative grew concerned about my limited dating history. “You are waiting for a knight in shining armour,” he admonished. It’s not like I didn’t share his concerns. I also worried that perhaps I was being too picky, and…

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