Divorce is so common these days that it boggles the mind. Of course things change with the passing of time, and no one expects everything to be the same, but divorce 50 years ago compared to now is a completely different animal. It's more common for sure, but also more socially acceptable, considered more healthy, definitely more likely, and considerably more possible than ever before.
One of the hardest things to do in any relationship after a breakup or divorce is to say good-bye and accept that it has ended. Moving on is something that you have to do, but when the pain and heartache is fresh, it's hard to know how to handle a breakup or divorce. Your brain is foggy from the shock and you can't see past the feelings of rejection you are swimming in. So what steps can you take to ease your pain?
The Miami Dolphins dropped Chad Ochocinco because he headbutted his wife, Evelyn Lozada. We understand that this was not the right thing to do, but the man plays football, which is a very violent and physical sport. So, why drop a man for doing something that may have come as a result of his competitive nature and as a natural reaction to frustration?
In 1998, Richard and I had a marvelous opportunity to sail around the world as the ballroom dance teachers on a cruise ship. Many of the places we saw then, such as Oman, Jordan, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia and Israel are in turmoil now, and not as safe for tourists. Last year, when Palestinian soldiers took refuge in the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem and were under siege, I marveled that I had stood where they were, and I could picture the place as the news reports came in. Even when I was there, Israel and Palestine were struggling, as they have been since Israel was formed.
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.