Couples That Play Together Stay Together

The famous saying "families that play together stay together" could also extend to include "couples that play together stay together."  Joint leisure activity and recreation are the fancy names experts use to describe play.  In other words, they describe adults having a fun time together.  Play is not just for kids.  You are never too old to participate in wholesome, fun, recreational activities, and doing so has benefits. In the past, the majority of researchers looked for a positive rel...
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Should I Love My Enemies?

By Robert P Have you been bullied or persecuted? I certainly have. You would think that, having been victimized, I would vow never to do that myself - having suffered would have made me wiser, more noble, more enlightened. The social philosopher Eric Hoffer notes this is seldom the case - the oppressed usually can hardly wait until they can become the oppressors and get revenge. For every Nelson Mandela there are hundreds of angry souls demanding that you should do unto others as others did u...
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A Love That Never Died

By Susan F My husband had a brain tumor. This diagnosis led to many difficult days, and after surgery he developed many complications causing his short hospital stay to extend to 131 days.  I went to the hospital every day—even on the day of my daughter’s wedding.  It wasn’t easy watching him suffer and regress.  I could not help him physically – only be there to support and love him. Days were long and nights were longer.  My mind never stopped thinking about my sweet husband and the diff...
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Why Did God Send Me this Special Child?

By Sharlee B When our son Emmett was born with a rare brain condition called Lissencephaly, we had no idea what our future would look like. I had never considered the possibility that I might have a child with disabilities. I didn’t know what that meant. I was afraid. My husband reassured me it would be all right and that we would just take it one day at a time. We held each other and cried and we prayed. We prayed for peace and comfort, and over time, we began to feel almost a sense of excit...
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Why Should I Wait Until Marriage for Sex?

by Marci M (A true story) This particular request from one of my college students was very different from the usual request for a letter of reference, or advice about finding an internship: “Marci, would you be willing to be one of the panelists at our ‘Real Life’ event?” I gulped hard and thought a minute. I knew this week on campus was dedicated to women’s empowerment, with events about preventing gender-based violence, promoting positive body image, etc. But this “Real Life” event wo...
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What is the Meaning of Life?

By Jay V One day I was sitting on a glider swing under a huge Linden Tree. I was in high school struggling with thoughts, of who I was and what was I to do with my life. I was watching a pair of birds flying to and fro and feeding their young in a nest above me. I was down; I had few friends, found school difficult, and was wondering what the purpose of life was. As I watched the birds above me I wondered why wasn’t I like them? They seemed to have a great life: no troubles, no school, and...
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