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Finding Love Later in Life -

“So what’s the secret for a good marriage?” asked my friend Ellen, who’s seventy-two. She’s stayed unmarried since her early twenties when she divorced her physically abusive ex-husband.
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Today I finished reading an advance copy of Charlie and Linda Bloom's wonderful book: "That Which Doesn't Kill Us: How One Couple Became Stronger at the Broken Places." It's their courageous, raw, inspiring story about how they weathered crises in their marriage and transformed it into something quite beautiful. You can buy the book on April 9th or ask your library for it.

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Marriage Maven Gets Personal -

I think I was put on earth to be a marriage expert. But no one who knew me when I was single would have guessed it. After a couple of decades of looking for The One and meeting many men, I finally married. At my wedding, a friend said, “It’s the end of an era.”
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Marriage Maven Gets Personal -

I think I was put on earth to be a marriage expert. But no one who knew me when I was single would have guessed it. After a couple of decades of looking for The One and meeting many men, I finally married. At my wedding, a friend said, “It’s the end of an era.”
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Healing from Trauma Helps Relationships Succeed -

Trauma isn't something people often talk about. Keeping it under wraps and denying its impact is common, because who wants to revisit something so painful. But trying to ignore what happened can negatively affect marital and other relationships. Possibly, someone you’ve been getting to know and ...
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How did I change from commitment-phobe to marriage maven? Here's how:

https://psychcentral.com/…/a-marriage-counselor-gets-perso…/

I think I was put on earth to write about marriage. But no one who knew me when I was single would have guessed it. After a couple of decades of looking for the one and meeting many men, I finally married. At my wedding, a friend said, "It's the end of an era." Long before becoming a wife, I was a m...
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January 7
Whether you make a resolution together or independently, make it as specific as possible, by stating the resolution in a way that includes:
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Strategize to Beat Holiday Stress

For more information about speaking engagements and other services, phone 415-491-4801, or email mnaomiberger(at)gmail(dot)com.www.marriagemeetings.com     
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This is a wonderful presentation that tells how to enhance a relationship in which he or she won't open up.

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Linda and Charlie Bloom was live.

BloomTalks Today's Topic: Don't Give Up When He/She Won't Open Up

Is He (or She) Ready for Marriage?

Marriage is one of life's most important events. If you're hoping to get married, how do you know whether he (or she) is right for you and is ready to commit to a lifelong union?  Chemistry and other concerns, such as character traits, similar values and enough shared interests, are important. You c...
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Thanks for sharing this with your single marriage minded friends.

Marriage is one of life's most important events. If you're hoping to get married, how do you know whether he (or she) is right for you and is ready to commit to a lifelong union?  Chemistry and other concerns, such as character traits, similar values and enough shared interests, are important. You c...
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What If You Suspect an Emotional Affair?

Emotional infidelity can be as heartbreaking for the betrayed partner as a physical affair. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s going on when your spouse assures you that a relationship with a friend, coworker, or social media acquaintance is innocent. But if you are concerned that emotional intimacy...
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When Your Mate Touches a Nerve . . .

Every society in the world praises the value of love. Love takes us beyond self-centeredness and motivates us to connect meaningfully with another. Yet, too often, the secular ideal of love emphasizes being loved, or at least receiving love in reciprocation for the love one gives.
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How do you talk to your mate about a touchy topic?

How do you talk to your mate about a touchy topic? If your partner says something that makes you uneasy, you might notice that your throat, chest, or stomach tightens. Or you may forget to breathe.
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Being emotionally vulnerable is important for a good marriage.

As a therapist, I see a common self-defeating pattern in clients: they hold back from expressing their authentic selves — their true feelings, wants, and needs — to their relationship partner.  
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Does marriage tie you down or lift you up?

Many people are afraid that marriage will tie them down. But must marriage really cost you your freedom? If you’ve been doing fine on your own for some time, you may think so.
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