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Reflection: Helping Others

Tennessee Owl

I have done no postings to my blog in recent months for a variety of reasons. It has been a time of deep reflection about my life, service, and helping others. I have been: Responding to and re-balancing after the passing of my mother in October at age 90. Evaluating the purpose and value of […]

Is There Hope for Marriage?

Yellow Flowers - Hope for Marriage

Can a marriage last? Yes, there is hope for marriage: It truly is possible to succeed. You are likely exploring the idea or reality of marriage at a time when marriage is often devalued, and cohabitation and divorce seem common. It is likely that friends or family have gone through divorces or relationship breakups after […]

Being Friends

Couple and Friends

Being friends is a unique choice to be connected and share time and experiences together. When you are friends, you bring honest perspectives and mutual encouragement to each other. You share an often unspoken commitment to accompany each other for a stretch of time. When the commitment blends with a romantic or marriage relationship, it […]

10 Guidelines for Making Decisions

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Here we go again! Every time we face making decisions, we have trouble doing it without fighting. Help! Having effective discussions and peacefully making decisions that work are often challenges for couples. Increasing skillfulness in this area will help your relationship or marriage mature in a healthy way and stay strong and happy. For a couple to […]

Flexibility with Change

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We live in a world that changes quickly. However, some of us are more adaptable than others. Flexibility with change may not be easy for you. Change sounds exciting and fun for some! For others, it is something to resist and dread. How does this play out in relationships and marriage? In the early stages, […]

Pace Your Relationship

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When I travel, I occasionally pick up a light-reading romance novel that I can leave behind in airplanes or hotels. After reading one, I notice I am feeling resistant to the popular notion of “instant relationships”. It is the norm in these books for the couple to be physically intimate after barely being introduced and […]

Laugh Together, Stay Together

Couple in Canada

Your ability to be playful with one another and laugh together are vital facets of your relationship or marriage. Does this mean you both have to laugh all the time with each other? No, you could both have serious tendencies. And…couples who enjoy each other’s company, which often includes fun, laughter, and dating, may just […]

Online Relationship Marriage Education

Twin Trees

Online relationship and marriage education courses for individuals and couples for marriage preparation and marriage strengthening are available every few weeks through the Wilmette Institute ( All courses are based on the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and also include content from relationship and marriage educators. Courses are open to all. Course details can be found […]

Managing Obliviosity for Couple Harmony

Photo Credit, David Niblack,

Women, have you ever noticed that when your man is focused, there is a lot he just does not see? Men, are you sometimes baffled why your woman is exasperated that you did not automatically know to do something? The problem is a phenomenon I call “obliviosity.” Women want to avoid being labeled a nag, so […]

Striving for Integrity


For the last few months, I engaged in a process of reflection about my life and Marriage Transformation®. I have also actively engaged in what I call “striving for integrity”—bringing wholeness and completion to many aspects of my life that were unaddressed. I will share a bit about both processes and encourage you to apply them to […]

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