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Why Your Relationship Needs Your Wow Cow

In my co-authors’ and my search for the eight cows or necessary traits to sustain a modern relationship, we conducted many surveys and seeming countless interviews. Since we were already enamored with

You May Be Right

I was raised in a very conservative environment. We had a small family farm just outside the city limits where hard work and discipline were the order of the day. The political views of my

Two Halves Make a Whole

My oldest daughter, Rachel, was born amazing. She was 2 minutes old when she looked right into my eyes, cooed, and stole my heart. As she grew, she astounded her mother

Actively Listening

Marge: Now the cat needs his medication... Homer: No problem. Marge: ...every morning. Homer: Can do. Marge: And the furnace has been giving off... Homer: Right. Marge: ...a lot of carbon monoxide... Homer:

Kicking the Tires or Your Relationship

At some point in almost any relationship, most people will find occasion to ask the question, “What’s wrong?” I don’t mean the spontaneous reaction to your loved one wincing in pain from

Is Happiness a Pursuit?

Today I was reading Huffington Post, my favorite newspaper . . . I mean magazine . . . OK, I don’t know what to call it but it’s awesome! If you

Pinocchio Killed Jiminy Cricket!

Pinocchio killed Jiminy Cricket! What? That’s not the way you heard the story? Well, let me explain. I grew up listening to the iconic Academy Award-winning song, “When You Wish upon a Star.”

Where Did My Fairy Godmother Go?

Recently, my daughter married her long-time sweetheart in an intimate and very moving ceremony. The parents of both the bride and groom invited family and friends to a reception afterwards for food, festivities, and

He’s just a friend . . .

It has been more than a couple of years since I attended high school. The above phrase was code for describing a person who was likeable but not someone for whom you had

Eight Steps to Determine 8 Cows

Sometimes when people see this title, they get a little stressed. Wow. That seems like a lot of work! Why does it have to be so difficult? Well it’s not really that difficult but

Dealing With Cardboard Cows

Ignore the man behind the curtain . . . Sometimes I wish I didn’t know how movies were made. Things that look big are really small. Things that look old were created yesterday.

The Complexity of Simplicity

I am a college graduate. According to my academic records, I am smarter than my kids think I am. Even though in college I spent a lot of my time with teachers and