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Is “You ping my arousal template,” a romantic thing to hear from a drunken man?

June 21, 2017

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Ladies, picture this.  You go for a drink in the hotel bar.  At one table there is a group of men downing rounds of shots.  A moderately out of shape[1] (and somehow familiar) redhead starts checking you out.  He separates from the group and comes over to you.  He puts a Van Morrison song on […]

Selfishness

May 28, 2017

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A single young man recently told me that he felt he was too selfish to be able to enter into marriage.  There is something to be said for being able to recognize the selfish tendencies within oneself.  It is also helpful to recognize that selfishness can undermine a marriage. The question I would raise here […]

Annoyance

May 11, 2017

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Let’s face it.  We human beings can really annoy each other.  In fact, the closer the relationship, the more we are likely to notice all of those annoyances.  When you are at home and your partner calls your name, the ensuing interaction inherently begins as an interruption to whatever you were already doing.  You might […]

Umbuntu

April 24, 2017

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So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. (Matt. 7:12) It’s only the giving that makes you what you are.  Ian Anderson I recently returned from visiting a missionary friend in the Eastern Cape area of South Africa.  My friend ministers to the Xhosa villages in the area that […]

Anniversary Playlist

February 10, 2017

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My 33rd wedding anniversary is a week away.  We will be traveling so I thought I would try to get an anniversary post out in advance.  These tend to be when I am most self-disclosing and self-indulging.  My life goals were fairly simple and have not changed appreciably over the last four decades.  All I […]

La La Land

January 16, 2017

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At the end of your life, your relationships are all you’ve got.  Sara Groves It’s all worth nothing alone.  Graham Parker SPOILER ALERT.  If you have not seen La La Land and you do not want to know how it ends, read no further.  I am going to talk about the end of the film. […]

Hallmark Movies

January 3, 2017

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Happy New Year to you.  I hope that the year is off to a good start for you and that your resolutions are intact.  Liturgically, we are still in the season of Christmas for a few more days. Among the many rituals surrounding Christmas, my wife is quite fond of watching Hallmark Channel Christmas movies.  […]