Month: August 2017

Marriage is for Grown-ups

“Marriage is for grown-ups…” It’s been said that marriage is best lived by grown-ups. But what does that mean? Being “grown-up” in your marriage doesn’t mean being stuffy or stoic or confining. Instead, it’s about realizing that tantrums don’t work. You don’t stomp away when things don’t go your way, and you never gather all the toys for yourself and leave the other person with a box. Many of us, by nature, are selfish. Have you ever watched little kids play? How often are they told to “be nice” or “share?” It doesn’t always come naturally. Some children are...

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5 of the Best Destinations to Renew Your Vows

When you got hitched, there was probably a little bit of stress preparing for a day that is supposed to be “all about you” until your wedding quickly becomes “all about everyone else.” Some people can navigate this delicate balance very easily. Many families understand, and remember, what it was like when they got married and simply say “Don’t sweat it…whatever happens will be just fine.” And still, many brides do, in fact, sweat it as they fumble through etiquette and family dynamics and all the spoken and unspoken expectations for the big day. Then, two or three or...

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Who Has Time for Art [Benefits of Art]

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Pablo Picasso Warrior…Hero…Artist. Read the latest from Amy Oestreicher and be ready to be filled in inspiration… In a normal workday, who has time for art? The better question is “who can afford to go without it?” In work and in life, don’t we just want to find happiness, satisfaction, and open possibilities in what we might discover?  Maybe we should start to reframe our view of “art” and “creativity.”  Art is more than a hobby – it’s an answer. My name is Amy Oestreicher, and according to...

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5 Steps to Mate for Life: Marriage Tips

“Swans mate for life…” Between the psyche of an animal and the spirituality of a man there is an enormous distance… That’s what my husband said as he handed me a gift of two hand-carved tundra swans. There was no special occasion. He just heard the story and thought of me. Thought of us. It’s interesting to watch nature and learn from our animal neighbors. Some people say that humans are not meant to be monogamous because that’s not the way it is in the animal kingdom. And then, you see examples like the swan or the penguin, where...

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Best Top Ten Time Travel Romance Novels to Combat Droughtlander

One of the biggest novel successes recently has been the time travel romance series Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.  Not really a new series, exactly, as the first edition to the series came out in the early 1990’s. It instantly became a huge hit worldwide to women everywhere fantasizing about being hurled through time to meet their own Scottish Highlander and fall in love. This series became a hit television series in 2014, when STARZ picked it up and introduced the world to Jamie Fraser, Claire Randall and Frank/Black Jack.  Of course, the success of the television series highly boosted...

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