As a parent I would like to think that we all hold many loving and happy memories of being with our children. Some of those precious moments really stand out and we will forever carry them with us. One such memory happened between my only son/child and me last week. We had come to the end of a wonderful chapter in our life together. He recently graduated from college and landed his first job as a civil engineer in an awesome city that will take him thousand of miles from home for 18 months.
An opinion article by Katie Roiphe, called "In defense of single motherhood," was published in the New York Times this week (Sunday Review section, 8/12/12). Several points I appreciated are: 1) the all-too-common "lack of imagination about what family can be..." 2) the fact that women move in and out of singleness, whether via divorce, death of a spouse, romantic attachments' forming and dissolving...
Here are three practical ways to rekindle the spark in your relationship.
So, what do wild parrots and dating have to do with one another? I am going to tell you. But first, in case you’re not from around here, it is useful to know that all over California there are flocks of wild parrots. They’re not native to the area, so dozens or even hundreds of birds must have either escaped or were released into the wild. When you live here, every once in awhile, you will stop and say, “Look! There go the wild parrots!”
Everyone has those idyllic images of a perfect mate, whether it's a movie star or a combination of traits of people we have admired in our lives. The fact is that being in a good relationship starts with more than just the physical exterior. It starts with finding someone who's in harmony with the inner you.
Over the past few weeks, you have communicated via email and telephone with someone you're interested in. It's obvious that there's "phone chemistry" and a mutual interest in meeting each other. You agree to meet in person. And now, for the moment of truth! Here are five rules of dating you simply must follow.
When our first-born child, Stella was only 2 hours old, I said to my husband, "You better have a darn good relationship with her for her entire life. You may be the only connection we have to her in her teen years." He just looked at me like I was crazy. In his defense, I probably was a little crazy. I had just gone through labor. That said, I clarified my statement to him the next day and still stand by statement today. This is how that conversation went:
You Can't Win if You Don't Play You can't win if you don't play, the sales slogan of the California State Lottery is my all time favorite. It is one the simplest most profound and effective sales slogans ever on par with Nike's legendary slogan Just do it. They both state the obvious which we quite often tend to overlook and appeals to everyone's desire to be successful and win.
Exercising for Longevity Everyone knows that exercise is good for you and necessary for optimal health. However an excess of most everything can create problems. It's important to realize that strenuous exercise creates free radicals in your body and if you aren't getting proper rest and adequate nutrition you are damaging and prematurely aging your body. Also many supposedly good exercises like running and weight training can be doing your body more harm than good.
Over the course of a year, I see hundreds of people. Still, some of the stories I hear have touched me deeply. Such was the case with a couple that asked to see me after hearing me speak in Hawaii.