Love is Real: The Blog

52 Ways to Show I Love You, Inaugural Column

Today, I am delighted to wish you a Happy New Year.  May the year 2017 bring you excellent health, many joys, and the very brightest of discoveries.  I am also delighted to share my first column for "52 Ways to Show I Love You", written for my blog on Psychology Today, "Life, Refracted".  You can sign up to receive the column directly from Psychology Today on that page or on my own website.  If you sign up to automatically receive [...]

Christmas Concert Showcases Countless Careers

Last night David and I attended a concert at the Maison de Radio France.  David had purchased tickets months ago, securing seats in the first balcony of the magnificent renovated Auditorium, reopened on November 14, 2014.   Architecture combined with aesthetics to render acoustics astonishingly clear.  After a short walk from where we stay when in Paris, we arrived on a balmy December night to join others in the reassuring Security lines in front of the main entrance.  Soon seated in [...]

December 25th, 2016|Beauty, Inspiration, Paris & France, Uncategorized, Work|

Blog posts missing – why and what’s coming soon!

Dear Reader, I have been neglecting this blog for weeks, ever since I began posting more scholarly or professional pieces as a regular column, “Life, Refracted”, on PsychologyToday.com.   The links to those essays appear on this website, under “Articles and Essays”.  How did this come about? In the spring of 2016, in support of Miracle at Midlife:  A Transatlantic Romance, my publicist suggested I write “10 Things About Long-Distance Love”.  Soon I realized that I had far more than ten [...]

December 18th, 2016|Aspects of Loving, Close Relationships, Psychology|

Chauffeuring a Grandchild Brings Benefits and Blessings

Preparing to Pick up a Grandchild When my daughter was about seven years old, in those days long before seat-belts and the mandate to put kids in the back seat of the car, I wrote my first story.  “God is alive and well and riding in the passenger seat” detailed the magic that happened in our relationship when driving from here to there, wherever “there” happened to be. Life was simpler then.  The seemingly endless after-school and evening activities [...]

October 25th, 2016|Aspects of Loving, Being a Grandparent, Caregiving|

You CAN Marry the Right Person; It’s NOT a Mystery!

When I read the New York Time’s “Modern Love” column this morning, “Mysteries of the Heart, Unsolved,” written by Ann Hood, I was reminded of Alain de Botton’s opinion piece in the New York Times “Sunday Review” on May 28, 2016 and my rejoinder: Why You Can Marry the Right Person! Alain de Botton wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times “Sunday Review” on May 28, 2016, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person. The article sparked a slew of letters in response. Because I am convinced that [...]

October 18th, 2016|Marriage|

A Libra Granddaughter Creates Harmony in a Wardrobe Rescue

She was born under the sign of Libra.  From her earliest days, she was pedestrian-stopping beautiful, alert and engaged with the world around her. She showed a preference for balance and simplicity in toys, textures, tones. Her future interest in creating combinations that brought pleasure to the eye, the palate, kinesthetic senses could be predicted by her tea-parties with dolls and imaginary playmates, her earliest cookie-decorating, her natural love of dance. The latter went beyond leotards, although those also offered [...]

October 11th, 2016|Art, Children, Inspiration|

Midlife Discovery of a Meticulous Dentist

I met Mark when my children were young, after he joined the dental practice of my uncle who treated adults (me among them). Although he, too, cared for adults, Mark specialized in work with children at that time.  My kids must have been among the first patients in his new office. The years passed and eventually my uncle retired. When Mark began working on my teeth, I appreciated his dedication to his art, a passion for precision and perfection that [...]

September 30th, 2016|Art, Beauty, Transformation|

Women Tend and Befriend, Witness the Bonobos

A sense of sisterhood runs deep.  In a recent article in the New York Times, Natalie Angier reported on female bonding in bonobos.  She described a species equal to chimpanzees in biological closeness to humans and intelligence, but radically different in social organization and mores. Bonobos are matriarchal instead of male-dominated, cooperative rather than competitive. They nurture their young rather than murder them, and they are quick to help or protect one another when need arises.  They share, rather than fight [...]

September 17th, 2016|Close Relationships, Psychology, Well-Being|
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