Posts Tagged ‘Relationships’

Ruby Tuesday (A Non-Valentine’s Day Story)

(posted by Jeanne on 2-06-2012)

Years ago on a cold winter night, my husband walked in and placed a beautifully wrapped gift on the table in front of me. “What’s this for?” I inquired, “Did I miss an occasion?” His answer changed our understanding of the days of the week… or at least one of them. He explained, “I bought this for you because… Read more »

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The Problem with Assumptions

(posted by Jeanne on 8-03-2011)

Six weeks into our move we noticed that a generic answering machine had been turned on and fifteen messages had piled up, unanswered. They ranged in importance from the “tragic death of a relative” to “dinner at 7.” I was horrified at the thought of ignoring my callers. I wondered what they made of my silence and imagined that some probably made assumptions… that I was Read more »

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24-Hour Rule: For College Visits & Life

(posted by Jeanne on 11-02-2010)

Years ago when we embarked on our first college visit, our family came up with the 24-Hour Rule: Family members (other than the visiting student) must refrain from comments (or gestures) regarding the college experience for 24 hours. Read more »

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Snake Story

(posted by Jeanne on 10-26-2010)

Light & Sweet:
And the snake reminded the man he’d just bit, “You knew what I was when you picked me up!” - The Young Man & the Snake Story

Slice of Love:

Snake Story…

Many people walk into my office feeling betrayed by a loved one or friend. Some have moved on from those who hurt them and others seek help and support as they end a “bad” relationship. Oftentimes, my client will tell story after story about one person with the same theme and varying content. It helps people to repeat their stories in order to understand what went wrong and determine what boundaries and distance to assert. Though this process has therapuetic value, the telling of these stories can become Read more »

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Lost Connection

(posted by Jeanne on 10-13-2010)

Light & Sweet:
It’s the day-changing gifts we exchange that are life-changing in terms of a happy relationship.

Slices of Love:

Lost Connection…

Annie and Phil were in counseling to decide whether or not to stay married. I recognized immediately that what was lacking in their relationship were the daily acts of love that fill a couple’s relationship bank account. I asked each of them to share one thing that the other could do to make them happy. Read more »

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