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Are boundaries a bonus? You bet they are! In life, and in your Five-Year Marriage™, boundaries protect you, your self-esteem and your identity. Boundaries aren’t just about personal power. They are – for a woman – about personal safety. I talked about boundaries in a recent newsletter. I explained what led to one of my […]Read More
Have you “hit the wall” in your marriage yet? It happens to just about every married couple at some point. Based on my conversations with women, I’d say it’s most common someplace between 8-15 years. For me it was in my second marriage. When Joseph and I were in our first month of counselling, there […]Read More
We are excited to announce the next Five-Year Marriage™ Workshop for Married Women will be a 4 class series of 2 hour sessions on October 22, 29, November 2, 12, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST Location: 985 Old Eagle School Rd, Suite 502, Wayne, PA 19087 Are you ready for a new way […]Read More
Before the affair, before it all went to hell, they were young, in-love, and with their whole lives ahead of them. It was 1992 when Jeff Bezos was working in Manhattan. That’s where he met research associate Mackenzie Tuttle. When Bezos and Tuttle married a year later, the couple wasn’t thinking about pre-nups. They were […]Read More
Peg, a fun-loving redhead and Dave, her strapping young sweetie, met at their center-city Philadelphia job where they were both social workers for the mentally challenged. They liked each other as co-workers, but it was clear that there was more between them. Their attraction grew. By the time they got engaged, they were so in […]Read More
Glenn Close was wiping away the tears. “I’m thinking of my mom,” she said, shaking with emotion, “Who really sublimated herself to my father her whole life and, in her eighties, she said to me, ‘I feel I haven’t accomplish anything.’” Then, as she ended her acceptance speech for her Golden Globe best actress win, […]Read More
As Joseph and I are wrapping up this marriage, we’re in negotiations for another one. Yes, we’ve decided to marry again. However, after thirty years, the conversations around our next marriage are different. Actually, every marriage negotiation conversation is different. And difficult. The different part is the easier of the two. We’re different because the […]Read More
Recently I was talking to a twenty-something, newly-engaged woman who loves the idea of The Five-Year Marriage™. “It keeps things fresh,” she affirmed. And she was correct. A Five-Year Marriage™ does keep things fresh…and that’s the good part. However, the new beginning follows an old ending. The end of a marriage is always a […]Read More
and So Did My Marriage… “I was going along in my planned direction, and then my whole life just shifted to the right.” That’s how the independent, thirty-something Bethany began explaining her impending career change. But a little more conversation showed that work wasn’t her real problem. Bethany’s troubles started when spouse, Michael, got into […]Read More
Do you have toilet paper wars in your marriage? The View’s Sunny Hostein does. OK, maybe it isn’t a war, but The View co-host spoke recently about the toilet paper habits and annoys her spouse. To a single person, it sounds like toilet paper should be a non-conversation, right? Wrong! Toilet paper can be a […]Read More
Are Relationship Contracts Better for Marriage? The Big Bang Theory makes me laugh out loud, especially when Sheldon starts talking roommate and relationship contracts. More and more, viewers are thinking it’s a good idea. And last night’s episode (Season 11, Episode 10) was right up the Five-Year Marriage™ alley! Storyline Summary: Like many “real life” […]Read More
I get a kick out of reading advice columns and, recently, it was a Carolyn Hax column. The title grabbed me: “Reexamine goals with ‘aimless’ husband.” It is about a problem that is pretty common in marriage – unclear expectations. The question is from a successful woman. In her marriage of a couple years, she […]Read More
What do you want to be in your marriage – the partner or the employee? Don’t see how either one relates to your marriage? Think of a good law firm. There are the partners and the employees. The employees include working attorneys, legal assistants, and administrative assistants. All of them work are expected to work […]Read More
It isn’t the fantasy of Fifty Shades of Gray, classy erotica or SMBD. It’s called Christian Domestic Discipline (CDD) and it’s all over the news this week. CDD is supposed to be about the Godly submission to man as head of household. In this a man uses [what I would consider] violence to remind a […]Read More