Do You Need to Avoid These Words?  (Three Minute Read)

Do You Need to Avoid These Words? (Three Minute Read)

I recently posted an article devoted entirely to the use of the word “but.” Since that article was published, my colleagues, friends, relatives, and readers have steered me toward an ever-growing list of other words or expressions that cause angst,...
Handling Disappointment (Three Minute Read)

Handling Disappointment (Three Minute Read)

Last week was Valentine’s Day and I hope, at the end of the day, you weren’t disappointed.  I know that some of us are more romantic than others, some of us are not currently in a love relationship, and some of us think Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark...
Asking for Help (Three Minute Read)

Asking for Help (Three Minute Read)

I’m one of those people who finds it difficult to ask for help. As an independent woman, I don’t want to be perceived as needy or weak, so I tend to either do it myself, pay someone to help me, or simply forget about it. Does this sound like you? There are...
A Few Words About Buts (Three Minute Read)

A Few Words About Buts (Three Minute Read)

Aha! Admit it, that title caught your attention. I probably should apologize in advance if you thought I was talking about anatomy. I’m actually going to talk about the word, not the body part. So, if you’re game to read more, I’d like you to think...

Blended Families (Three Minute Read)

Statistics show that one in three Americans is either a step-child, a step-sibling, or a stepparent. That’s a lot of blended families! Those of a certain age can certainly remember The Brady Bunch, but let’s not forget that it was a fictional family. There...

Are You Okay? Try Asking Another Way (Three Minute Read)

Is it okay to simply ask “are you okay?” Maybe we need to distinguish between the physical okay and the emotional okay.  Obviously, if your toddler takes a tumble and starts to cry, the first thing you’re going to ask is if he’s okay.  (Unless...

Lawn Mower Parenting (Three Minute Read)

We all know a helicopter parent (one who hovers) and a tiger mom (one who roars), but now there’s a new type of parent, the lawn mower.  The first time I’d ever heard this term was in a divorce mediation when the husband accused his wife of lawn mower...

Giving Thanks and Looking Forward (2-1/2 Minute Read)

In this, my last post for 2018, I want to get personal. No attempts at wisdom here, and no suggestions to help avoid or resolve conflicts. Instead, I’m writing about what matters to me, and what motivates me to improve. In a single word — relationships....

Loneliness in Relationships (Three Minute Read)

I have a friend whose husband sits in his recliner chair from the time he gets home from work until the time he goes to bed. She serves him dinner, fetches his beer, and hands him the remote control as soon as he sits down. She calls the circumference around the...

Figure Your Trigger (Three Minute Read)

I know we’re all supposed to love the holidays, and I understand it’s a season of joy and giving, but sometimes, some things, and some people seem to piss me off more during this time than any other time in the year. Anyone with me? In this article, I am...