Category: Relationships

Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel {Book Review}

  By Alicia Wozniak “Ah, marriage,” sighed the divorced lady. Updating my LinkedIn account, I found a message from a man who recently published a book asking me if I’d do a review. I’m a fan of books, and offering my opinion. He wrote it for his grandson, which is adorable and something to cherish. I wish I had books from my grandparents. Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel, by Peter Davidson, started off as a blog, offering bits of advice. Encouraging words from fans prompted the book to be written. It’s a charming and funny read, albeit a bit exhausting—old...

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Digging Deep to Heal Abandonment Wounds

  By Natalie Sophia I want to not sugar-coat abandonment, or try to act like it’s not a problem, or that it’s not for adults to feel. If anything, I feel like that mentality has only served to propel the shame this theme seems to be steeped in. I want to talk about it because it’s a real thing. There are adults all over the globe who feel this to some degree. It’s time that it gets addressed in an open manner. I feel like most often when the word “abandonment” is used people picture a small child left out on...

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Everything is Awkward

  By Dana Gornall One of the problems with settling down with one person at a young age is that everything is new and young during that time. Teenage intimacy means making out in the back seats of cars, holding hands at the movies, and sneaking various forms of touchy-feelyness in various not so private places in whatever moments you can get them. You eventually grow up, get your own place and finally get a little privacy—at least until kids come along (if they do). Dating as a middle aged adult with teenagers, becomes a whole different ball game....

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: I Need Space but I Don’t

  By Dana Gornall “Desiring another person is perhaps the most risky endeavor of all. As soon as you want somebody—really want him—it is as though you have taken a surgical needle and sutured your happiness to the skin of that person, so that any separation will now cause a lacerating injury.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed When I was about four or five—maybe six—we took a family vacation to Florida. The specifics are still a little fuzzy, but I remember clearly seeing some type of a luau, or Hawaiian show. Seated about six rows back from the stage, I...

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Actually Dating {Part 2}

  By Dana Gornall There is something comforting about communicating in writing—especially in digital format. For me, writing as a form of expression has always been a better way because I could take my time with my thoughts. For some reason everything in my brain seemed to flow so much smoother when I had the chance to write it out rather than talk about it. In this texting and social media age, not only do we have the opportunity to gather our thoughts in writing, but we have the immediate gratification of being able to get a response or...

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