Sometime around 2:00 in the AM on Saturday my good wife, Anne, had an epiphany and couldn’t wait for me to wake up so she could share it. I could feel her restlessness and kind of knew she wanted to talk, so, being courageous, I pretended to be sleeping. And that’s how she ended up…

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A few years ago, we passed this lovely lady as we drove through Kruger National Park in South Africa. I was quite content to watch her from a respectful distance. Lions, highly skillful apex predators, are responsible for over 250 human deaths a year in Africa, and I had no interest in becoming one of…

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I am so grateful to you amazing and generous readers! Thank you for continuing to share how you are using the Valentine’s Day Challenge to strengthen your relationships. One of you wrote to suggest adding photos when we tell a story to someone special in our life. This is such a powerful idea, especially for…

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A reader sent me a beautiful idea for building on our Warm Up challenge to tell stories to those we love. Imagine that you’ve had an argument, maybe even a pretty bad one. Both sides feel hurt and worn out, discouraged. And then you decide to tell a story about an important time in your…

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Ever tried to start a new habit? How long did it last? I’ve started and forsaken so many, it’s kind of embarrassing to admit it – go to the gym at 6 AM, no dishes left in the sink, always put the keys on the hook, my shoes in the closet, my sunglasses in their…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope it truly is the best Valentine’s Day you have ever had, regardless of what anyone else does or doesn’t do. Day 8 could be another Day 1: What?!?  We’ve spent a week trying 7 ways to create more caring and connection in our relationships, so why stop? You could choose…

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This story begins one evening fourteen plus years ago while I was visiting my sister Sydnie at her home. I was a widower at the time, and, being a thoughtful sister, she was concerned that her brother was lonely, so she started a conversation encouraging me to sign up with an on-line dating site. I…

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