Achieving My Vision of Marriage

  Contributed by Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros What is important is to change yourself to be the kind of person you need to be to have the marriage you envisioned My Role in Achieving My Vision of Marriage—Dealing with Fears, Making Changes Now that you have created your vision of what you hope your marriage will become, it is time to look carefully and honestly at yourself and see how well positioned you are to have the kind of marriage you hope for. For example, as yo...
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Eating Radium

In the early 1900’s the radioactive element radium was all the rage.  Discovered in 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie, it was soon found that by mixing small amounts of radium into paint the items could be made to glow in the dark.  This was extremely useful for cockpit instruments and soon found its way into the watches and clocks of people around the world. But, of course, someone had to actually paint all of those tiny clock hands and this task fell mostly to young female factory wo...
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Capturing Opportunities

Anonymous I have found there are always opportunities in life, there for the taking.  The only difference is that in some time periods there are more opportunities than in others.  The question is, when opportunities come along, will I be able to recognize them, and take advantage of them?  Usually not, but I can change that. This is my fish story about the one that got away.  One fine afternoon I went to a rock show, looking for geodes my girls could crack open- black volcanic hollow ...
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Family Strengths: Adaptive Ability

Strong families develop predictable routines, roles, and rules that govern everyday life and provide for continuity and stability. Some of the more obvious patterns are who cooks, washes dishes, does the laundry, or fixes the car. Other less obvious patterns include: Who has the right to make what decisions? How do we handle differences of opinion? How do we express anger, affection, or other emotions? Reasonably stable patterns empower a family to deal with the many inevitable challenges...
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Family Strengths – Clear Roles and Responsibilities

The Family: A Proclamation to the World teaches that fathers are to preside over, provide for, and protect the family; the mother's primary responsibility is to nurture the children. Parents are obligated to help one another in these responsibilities as equal partners and rear their children in love and righteousness. You can strengthen your family by making sure family members have a clear idea about their day-to-day responsibilities in and to the family. At the same time, be flexible. I...
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Why I Don’t Drink (or Smoke or Have Sex) and What I Actually Do For Fun – A Letter to My Future Children

by Katie S. My dear little ones, With nursing school coming to a close (!!!!) there is plenty of cause for celebration! Party time! It is fitting then that I have been asked several times over the last few weeks if I will drink when school gets over. After all, it could just be a one night thing. Right? A couple of drinks. Laughs with friends. Hopefully only a mild hangover the next day. Good times! Only, I won't. I could but I won't. I'm writing this, my loves, because when asked recently I...
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