Archive | Relationships

Hardwired for connection

We cannot escape relationships. They are everywhere. They are the connective tissue of life. Friend, spouse, child, sibling, coworker, or neighbor, life is filled with relationships of varying dimensions, spheres of influence, and intensity. Each of us is a product of some kind of connection. In fact, we are born into Relationship 101, a.k.a. our […]

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Staying Close as You Say Goodbye

The energies are rattling pell mell through the universe and change is everywhere. Can you relate? In my life, the gods have made it perfectly clear through circumstance and intuition that there are some significant long-term relationships in my life, both professional and personal, that call for conclusion. For assorted reasons, it’s time to wrap […]

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Fatherly thoughts

Over eight days in June, there is the trifecta of Father’s Day, my father’s birthday, and the anniversary of his death (36 years ago this year). If alive, my father would be 101 this year. This particular trio activates memories of a father who graduated a Jesuit college as a philosophy major (and, boy, did […]

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Asking, trusting, and allowing

Amanda Palmer, rock musician, presents this TED talk on the Art of Asking. This is not your everyday talk. It is creative, unique, and explores how we exchange with one another from a place of vulnerability. PS I just connected the dots. Palmer is also, as of 2011, the wife of writer Neil Gaiman. What an interesting […]

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The Goody Good Girl Syndrome

Women of certain generations were brought up to please, aid, assist, and make life easier for everyone. They were trained to be the most excellent of handmaidens and helpmates. It was their raison d’être. They were not to stand out, stand above, or be noticed. They were to be the silent and ever-present servers and […]

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The ten spiritual lessons of relationships

You cannot escape relationships. They are everywhere. They are the connective tissue of life. Be it friend, spouse, child, sibling, coworker, or neighbor, life is filled with relationships of varying dimensions, connections, and intensities. Each of us is a product of some kind of connection. In fact, we are born into Relationship 101 — a.k.a. […]

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I’m right … and you’re not

That’s right: There is no discussion; there is no equivocation. The door is closed; the conversation is over. I have holstered my pointing finger that wagged so definitively in your direction. I have recovered from my case of eye-rolling; there is no more exasperated and exaggerated sighing. I have stormed off in a fit of […]

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Anatomy of betrayal

A face reader once told me that I had kind eyes, a strong jaw, a good forehead, in fact, an excellent forehead, an emotional nose, and, more pointedly, that I absolutely could not handle betrayal. Really, though, who can handle betrayal? Its very name conjures up deep hurt and heartache. Betrayal is the stuff of […]

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