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  Sex does so many great things for your relationship, I don’t even know where to start. It increases intimacy, releases tension, and contributes to your overall marital happiness (especially if you’re parents of young children). Never let the KY Jelly get dusty. Have sex even when you don’t feel like it. It’s not a more »

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Note: This post originally appeared (in slightly different form) on the Values-Driven Leadership blog. When Thomas (not his real name) was a young staff member at an organization that worked directly with youth, his boss had an unusual approach to staff retreats: bring your spouse. At first this seemed odd – wasn’t the purpose of more »

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Last week my grandfather passed away after 96 1/2 wonderful years. Anyone who lived from 1915 to 2012 experienced some amazing things. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. He led kids in sing-a-longs everywhere from Ohio to Africa. He raised 2 daughters, invested in 6 grandchildren and then more »

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If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you might notice the new name. And new URL. And new look. We’ve changed a lot of things in the last few weeks, and wanted to share a little about what we were thinking – at least, about what we were thinking when we picked the name. more »

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Photo used with permission, by hahatango. I’m a sucker for a good love story. Let me share one I learned of this past holiday season. Our son Sam, now 5, added “UglyDoll” to his very short Christmas wish list. Since my knowledge of what’s hot in childhood toys is stuck somewhere around Cabbage Patch Dolls more »

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If you ask me, Chicago’s nightclub evilOlive receives my award for Best. Name. Ever. I’m a sucker for a palindrome. I can’t vouch for the actual quality of the club: never been inside. The Yelp comments – “Ambiance: hipster,” “Porn and Chickens Monday,” “crowded with some shady dudes” – have dissuaded me. Just the same, the club more »

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Have you ever avoided doing something you need (and want) to do, simply because you can’t make a fairly basic decision? In the business world, they call this Analysis Paralysis. In my personal life, I call this The Last Four Months. We’ve intended to give the blog a new name and its own URL for more »

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In January 2011, my New Year’s resolution was to start a blog – this one. My goal was to end the year with a minimum of one post per week. At the close of December, Cliff and I had 133 posts on this blog (and that was with taking much of the month off), so more »

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Photo by mysza83 from Flickr. Used w/permission. First, let me clear something up: No, there are no kinky suggestions in this post. Sorry to disappoint. Second, be warned: this gets pretty nerdy. Now, let’s get started: I’m lucky enough to be married to a man who gives terrific gifts. And he has it easy, as more »

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Photo by VirtualEm   My wife is a rarity. She grew up in farm country, a place where “meat and potatoes” accurately describes families’ nightly eating habits. And yet, my wife finds meat generally unappetizing (potatoes she can deal with). When we became vegetarians early in our marriage, I was motivated by the unethical treatment more »

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