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Smiling on Myself

I’m celebrating my birthday in grand style! Taking much time to write a blog doesn’t fit into my series of festive activities this week. No apologies. Rather, I’ll invite you to treat yourself similarly during your next birthday—and all of those to follow! HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to us!

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Our Marital Dividends

Amidst an absolutely glorious weekend with Ruth, my wife of 44.3 years, I decided to write this blog celebrating the harvest we’ve gleaned together—Ruth in her mid 60s, me in my late 60s. Last night, Ruth found a heart necklace that I had given her in our second year of dating; neither of us had […]

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Infusing Your Relationship with Soul

Love one another, but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet. My wife, Ruth, and I, co-authors of the book Secrets of a Soulful Marriage (SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2014) recently facilitated a seminar entitled Infusing Your Relationship with […]

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High Holiday Reflections

While my primary spiritual juice comes from Sufi mysticism and nature, I’ve also been a life-long Jew. Every year I observe the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I begin a period of intensified introspection during the Hebrew month of Elul that precedes the High Holidays (many orthodox Jews begin the month […]

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Gender Comparison of Life Expectancy

Like most of us, I have long known that women tend to outlive men. However, each time I visit a nursing home or assisted living facility, I feel startled by the disproportionate number of women residents. Here is a summary of some key points from online research that I did shortly after visiting my age […]

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The Love Field

Happily, beauty can be found in many places, such as in many forms of nature and in all types of artistic expression. For me, the epitome of beauty occurs when people collectively open their hearts at a gathering—ranging from an audience experiencing a rousing performance, to a graduation ceremony, to a wedding, and to a […]

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Honoring Working Bees

Aaaahh, Labor Day—a day set aside to honor and celebrate dedicated workers and to grant us an extra period of rest and play. While researching comparative U.S. work trends with those of other industrial nations in recent years, I must admit that I was very surprised to learn that the average American works less than […]

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What Is a Soulful Relationship?

As the authors of a recently published book on the topic of marital enrichment, Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship, we enjoy receiving folks’ input about what the term “soulful relationship” means to them. As you might imagine, people express a wide variety of attitudes and feelings in response to the […]

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Lurking in Your Backyard

Sex trafficking—the heinous act of duping teenage (or pre-teen) girls into a life of prostitution—only occurs in third-world countries, right? Oh so wrong! As accustomed as we can be toward turning a “blind eye” to that which we’d prefer didn’t exist, it is no surprise that most folks are quick to deny that sex slavery […]

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Writing with Wife

  During 38 years of our 44-year marriage, my wife Ruth, and I have worked together in many capacities. These have included serving as therapists in private practice, co-directing a holistic health and human development center, teaching classes and seminars, delivering conference presentations (including as keynoters), leading marriage retreats, and most recently offering ourselves as […]

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