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31 May 2016
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Listening Well

Listening well is a necessary skill as it impacts the quality of our relationships with others. How many of us have heard our children, friend, and/or partner say, “Are you listening to me?” or “You never listen to me.”  With the listening we do all day long, one would think that we all would be so […]


4 May 2016
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The Good Ole Days!!!

Who remembers “the good ole days?” I admit that I am not old enough to have lived during the good ole days era. One of the current presidential candidates keeps referring to “the good ole days.” How he would like for things to be as they were during the good ole days. Who is the candidate? […]


19 April 2016
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From Reacting to Responding

  Being able to move from reacting to responding can be a challenging feat. Honestly, both seem pretty comparable because we often use the words interchangeably; but when using in practice, they are quite different. Reacting is usually an impulsive, emotional action.  For example, your husband cheats on you. You are angry and hurt. You […]


2 November 2015
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Social Media the new Communication

I recently attended an event on social media. We live in a world where social media is pretty much the end all be all. If you do not have some form of social media you are not going to be successful, or at least that is the perception. This particular event was on social media […]


1 July 2015
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I’m Sorry, So Sorry

Have you ever been in an argument and decided to concede?  You offer  an apology but it feels like it fell on deaf ears?  The person didn’t offer forgiveness and continued to fight in a war when you had already surrendered?   Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas describe this disconnect may be due to you and […]


26 June 2015
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Communication
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Communication

  The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well-being of others.–Sharon Anthony Bower Sometimes we are un aware of our own power and influence on others.  Our professional roles and personal roles as parents or elders in the family create a power differential […]


12 March 2015
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Positive Deflection Techniques for Strained Marriages

THROWBACK THURSDAY This post is a blast from the past.  Check it out! Many people live with a spouse that is overly critical of them.  On a positive note, the injured spouse can use these criticisms as a way to grow as an individual.  If you use these techniques in a non-threatening way the criticizer […]


11 March 2015
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Communication
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Listening

Silence may be golden, but can you think of a better way to entertain someone than to listen to him?–Brigham Young Listening is a lost art!  It bothered me greatly that growing up I had to plead with my mother to put down the news paper and turn off the television to get her undivided […]

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