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Want to be a better partner? 5 questions to ask yourself right now.

Want to be a better partner? 5 questions to ask yourself right now.

Did you ever think you were Mr. or Miss Smarty Pants about relationships? That you knew everything you needed to know about how to be the best partner ever? Guilty! But then I started to blog about them and realized that even after decades of…

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If You Dream of Happily Ever After, Your Dreams May Come True

If You Dream of Happily Ever After, Your Dreams May Come True

I was never much of a student at university. I wasn’t the one impatiently waiting for the library doors to open so I could spend the next ten hours delving deeper and deeper into the research stacks. But now I’m like a hound dog sniffing…

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My Aunt and Uncle Just Celebrated Their 50th Anniversary. How Did They Do It?

My Aunt and Uncle Just Celebrated Their 50th Anniversary. How Did They Do It?

How many couples do you know who have made it to their 50th anniversary? I know just one—my aunt Julie and uncle Nick. Sadly, over 40% of marriages are expected to end in divorce before they reach five decades of marriage. So finding couples who…

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Driving Myself Crazy In Crete

Driving Myself Crazy In Crete

Rather than enjoying the rugged beauty of Crete I spent the past week counting the number of shrines beside the roads. It’s a wonder that anyone makes it home safely on this big Greek island where cars pass on undivided highways with inches to spare,…

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A Post for Nick & Julie on their 50th Anniversary

A Post for Nick & Julie on their 50th Anniversary

I was a flower girl at my Aunt Julie and Uncle Nick’s wedding 50 years ago. I don’t remember much other than the feeling of their nuptials being a very important occasion, and running around the fancy tables at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal…

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A Story About Swinging and Everlasting Love

A Story About Swinging and Everlasting Love

I’ve had the privilege of speaking to so many women and men about their relationships over the past few years since I’ve started this blog. Every story is interesting but some teach you more about love than others. The following interview is with “Meredith” (a married…

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Out With The New, In With The Old

Out With The New, In With The Old

One of the benefits of sleeping alone this week as John worked in Ottawa was bringing my laptop into bed, and firing up Netflix without any protest. I settled on All About Eve a 1950 film with Bette Davis. I loved this smart retro chick-flick….

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How To Grow Intimacy Through 10 Ordinary Day-To-Day Practices (Guest post for eHarmony)

How To Grow Intimacy Through 10 Ordinary Day-To-Day Practices (Guest post for eHarmony)

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 in 1988. According to a 2014 Emory University study, couples that spend relatively…

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My Two Role Models For A Happy Marriage

My Two Role Models For A Happy Marriage

After I published last week’s post, I received an email from my Uncle Nick with a tsk tsk emoticon wagging its finger at me. “You lazy girl! You had your son write half your blog this week,” Nick admonished. If you recall, my post had…

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How I Finally Made The Grade–30 Years Later

How I Finally Made The Grade–30 Years Later

I have kept one big fat secret from my husband for more than 30 years. Whenever it looks like the conversation is wading into dangerous territory, I masterfully change the subject. I have hidden the evidence (being married to a criminal lawyer has its advantages)….

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