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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Karen Haddigan

Book cover: Dating after Fifty

Today we’re pleased to feature Karen Haddigan, author of  Secrets of Dating After Fifty: The Insider’s Guide to Finding Love Again.
Karen writes and does presentations on online dating for those just returning to the dating scene. She offers up-to-date information on its changes, and works with people in the area of reinventing themselves after crisis like loss or divorce of a partner.
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In Your Relationships, Worry is not Love

Yesterday was a day full of insight and contradiction. I got a text from a friend who had apparently reached out to me a number of times without getting a response. She said, “I haven’t heard back and I’m worried.”
I get it.
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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Surrender Yourself to the Relationship Guest Post by Bruce Kirkpatrick

This week, we’re pleased to share with you a guest post by Bruce Kirkpatrick. We think you’ll enjoy his slant on relationships.
The word surrender often gets a bad rap. Surrender can be what you do when you are defeated—like in a war or a battle or a competition.
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The Challenge of Accepting My Partner’s Approach to Illness

Hi, Maude here. I’ve been facing some challenges to our usually very easy practice of total acceptance in this last period of time.
What is this issue that has been so difficult for me? Healthcare and how Phil and I differ on how to deal with illness.
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Be Creative With Your Relationship Problems

We are often asked if we don’t really fight, sometimes at least; if there aren’t times and places where we compromise to get peace in our relationship or yield to our partner to make them feel good. They ask “No storms?” or wonder if we’re suppressing our feelings.
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Why Intimacy is Important in Relationships

In viewing our relationship and from interviews with successful couples, one of the areas we have found to be of universal importance is intimacy. It is a basic need of people, so they seek or are in a relationship as a means of having that experience.
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The Importance of Belief and Intention in Relationships Part I: Maude

We were recently asked during a podcast interview what factors are important to starting a new kind of relationship, one in which peace reigns and fighting and arguments are absent.
Great question, and our first answer is always that you have to be sure that your core values match, both in each other’s actions and words.
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You Can’t Talk and Listen at the Same Time

We’re often asked how we write our blogs together. We create two separate drafts and then merge them. If they’re complementary, we interleave them; if they’re saying the same thing, we blend them. But sometimes they’re both so distinct that we offer both voices.
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Fun Valentine Contest — Create a Relationship Quote

Here’s our Valentine invitation: be creative!
Send us an original relationship quote for this photo. The winner will receive a signed print copy of our book “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” and the entry will be featured in our newsletter and social media.
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How to Avoid Power Struggles in Your Relationship

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the discussions we’ve had recently concerning power struggles within a relationship. We’ve been talking about John Gottman’s book “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail“. He observed many couples in terms of their conflicts and issues with power.
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