Long Lost Friend

Here’s one for Throwback Thursday. Speaking of Throwback Thursday, where do all these expressions come from? I know, I know, it all has to do with social media, memes, internet acronyms, etc., but it never ends with new expressions to learn. And why don’t the other days of the week have their own titles? I suppose they do, I just haven’t come across them yet. Is there a Misanthropic Monday, Mundane Monday, or perhaps a Mindless Monday? A Terse Tuesday? Tactless Tuesday? Thyroid ...
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Paranoid

  If you’re not paranoid, you probably think that nobody on earth talks about you behind your back. If you are paranoid, you think that everyone on earth is talking behind your back. I’ve got news for those of you who aren’t paranoid: everyone is talking about you behind your back. Maybe not everyone on earth, but everyone you know is doing it – probably at this very second. Well … that may be a little extreme. Let’s don’t flatter ourselves here. It took me a while to figur...
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Solving Your “Solvable Problems”

According to John Gottman, marital conflicts fall into just two categories: solvable and perpetual. Perpetual conflicts show up over and over. They probably will never disappear because they come from fundamental differences in personality: She wants to have a baby but he doesn't want children; he hates clutter but she's a pack-rat; she wants a religious home but he's an atheist. Every marriage has conflicts like these. As one psychologist said, when you choose a life partner "you will in...
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Coping with the Chronic Illness of a Spouse

Sometimes couples are faced with problems they do not anticipate. One such is chronic illness. A chronic illness is a medical condition that lasts for a long time, sometimes for the rest of someone's life. They include conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and cancer, among many others, may appear quickly or gradually, and are often unexpected. As a couple, be informed about the illness you are facing. Seek information from your doctor and reputable medical websites. Organizations may exist t...
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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

  This saying had always confused me. Which tree are we talking about here? The mother’s or the father’s?  Whose tree is it? Does the mother decide that the child’s scandalous behavior has fallen from the father’s tree, and not her own? Or what does the father think? He “knows” such behavior wasn’t allowed in his family, so the apple must be in closer proximity to his spouse’s tree. I’m an empty, barren tree myself, I’ve never had children, so I don’t know what parents thin...
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Old Age Finally Sets In

  It’s now official – I’m an old man. Not that I haven’t looked old for quite a while, I’m finally starting to feel old. This condition sets in when you have body pains that have no known origin. This is beginning to happen to me on a semi-regular basis now. For example, about 3 weeks ago I strained my back, but I don’t actually remember straining it. My lower left side started aching, and it was difficult to move around without feeling intense pain. It’s not gall stones, spleen d...
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