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"There was an undeniable magnetic pull between Fred and me."

I Didn't Marry The Love Of My Life ... On Purpose

I was 17 and Fred was 24 when we first met. What began as puppy love grew into a lifelong bond and made me believe in undying love. There were a few times when I second-guessed my decision to marry someone else, but our dynamic made it undeniable: We were meant to be in love with each other, but that didn't necessarily mean we belonged together.

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'American Hustle' is the top date night movie, according to a Match.com survey.

We're All Con Artists: 5 Love Lessons From 'American Hustle'

'American Hustle' — nominated for 10 Academy Awards and voted the #1 date movie of all this year's Best Picture nominees — is also a fascinating study in love and relationships. Here are four profound things this film brought to light about love, life and what we all do to get by.

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Instead of calling his dealer, he could have picked up the phone and called for help.

Like All Addicts, Philip Seymour Hoffman Did Have A Choice

I have a pattern when it comes to stories about celebrities who overdose. The day the news breaks, I scan the headlines. I react with a mix of sadness and disgust—and familiarity, as I was raised by two addicts. But in cases like Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, I'm not interested in the 'juicy' details. My eyes scan these stories looking for the little people: the kids left behind.

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In his interview with GQ, Duck Dynasty's Robertson compared homosexuality to bestiality.

'Duck' Dilemma: Phil Robertson's Remarks Point To A Bigger Issue

The Koran, Torah and New Testament all vilify homosexuals. As much I think Phil Robertson is an ignorant buffoon, the man was simply abiding by the tenets of his faith—he even paraphrased from the New Testament. Our culture is now starting to move past centuries-old biases against sexual orientation, but organized religion has not—and cannot—do the same without abandoning scriptural teachings. if our culture is to advance, we may need to more openly question the ancient Middle-Eastern documents on which we still base it.

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The opposite of effective communication.

Nagging Can Ruin Your Kid's Future Relationship: I'm Living Proof

If the Olympic games offered nagging as a competitive sport, my mother would take the gold, silver and bronze. I never wanted to be like my mother, and I consciously chose to be as un-nag-like as possible in all my relationships. And when I got married, I let a lot of things happen that I didn't necessarily want to happen, simply because I was too afraid to speak up. I have learned the hard way that marriage is all about communication and without it, well, it's just a matter of time before someone asks for a divorce...if they can get up the nerve to actually ask for one.

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The author in flight. Photo: Carla Ciccone

When I Wouldn't Confront My Trust Issues, They Confronted Me

Trapeze artists might be some of the bravest people in the world, but they're also among the most vulnerable. Tremendous trust—in themselves, other people, and the universe—is necessary to be able to climb up a 25-foot ladder, grab onto a thin bar, and jump. Relationships have always been my trapeze bars.

Love: 15 Signs You're Meant To Be
If he makes you smile like this, it's real love!

Love: 15 Signs You're Meant To Be

Even when you're crazy about someone, it can often be hard to know if he or she is "right" for you. YourTango has come up with 15 signs that you're dating a soul mate. You don't have to check off all of these points to be sure about someone—but if you can say yes to several, you've found someone very special—possibly someone you could fall in love with.

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When the going gets tough, the tough sometimes need outside help!

7 Totally Normal Signs You Need Couples Therapy

Maintaining a happy long-term relationship isn't easy. And when the going gets tough, the tough sometimes need outside help. Couples counseling isn't a last-ditch effort to save a broken partnership. It's a healthy form of relationship upkeep.

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Huma: Should she stay or should she go?

Huma's Choice To Stay With Weiner Is More Feminist Than You Think

I find it very unsettling that we're more comforted by the notion that Huma is a heartless, self-serving, political mastermind than we are by the other option: that Huma knows her husband better than anyone, sees him for his flaws, for the pain he has caused and continues to cause her, and loves him anyway. Because that is just too hard for us to swallow.

Technology: Is Modern Dating Destroying Love?
We're living in an increasingly disconnected world when it comes to emotions.

Modern Dating Is Destroying Relationships, Says A Former 'Player'

We seem to have lost patience with everything. We don't read books like we used to. We channel surf. We move on if a web page takes more than five seconds to download. A major problem we face as a society is that relationships — the bedrock of our society — are being treated with the same impatience as everything else.

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Grace Bonney's DesignSponge has been dubbed "Martha Stewart for the Millennials."

Exclusive! DesignSponge Founder Grace Bonney On Coming Out As Gay

This month, Grace Bonney — founder of the uber popular decor & DIY blog DesignSponge — became one of the internet's most unlikely LGBT celebrities. On June 10, Bonney announced that her high-profile marriage to her husband, Aaron Coles, had come to an end. She also came out as a lesbian. YourTango had the opportunity to talk with Grace about the the liberation (and anxiety) of coming out and the unexpected reaction to her surprising public announcement.

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The LGBTQ community's unique struggle.

Is This The Gay Community's Newest Threat?

I have attempted to block out a particular moment from this past winter and have utterly failed. Mere months have passed, yet that moment — along with the few months that preceded it — have aged me enormously, and I’m only in my twenties. It wasn't until my ex girlfriend's problem surfaced that my eyes opened to an epidemic that's been taking down my entire community.