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Dad’s Fallen and I Can’t Get Up: Reflections on Losing a Parent

my dadOn Monday, February 23rd, my father died suddenly after a brief hospitalization following a fall in which he broke several ribs. Losing a parent is difficult, but our relationship, like most father/daughter relationships, was complicated. He suffered from chronic depression and had multiple bone fractures and other medical issues. But during the last three years of his life, he was like Benjamin Button. He seemed to be getting younger and happier every day. He was more mellow, less angry, and more empathic. I’ll miss him.

As I was searching through my files, I came across an article I wrote about him in 2010. It’s called, “Dad’s Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”.  It’s about the last time he broke a rib, and how I dealt with the stress of being his caretaker.

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Does 50 Shades of Grey Glorify Abusive Relationships?

50 shades of greyHave you seen the movie, 50 Shades of Grey? I confess that I read all three books and went to see the movie with my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day weekend. Not because I loved the books – they were poorly written (enough with Ana’s inner goddess and her deep sighing). Not because I thought the movie would be an Oscar contender – it’s definitely not (even though Ana’s lip biting deserves an honorable mention). But as a dating coach, I was curious about why the books and movie generated so much interest. The characters are not believable, the story line is weak, and there are many things that are disturbing about 50 Shades. Does it glorify abusive relationships? In some ways, but it’s not black and white. Does it give the wrong messages about love? Yes. But one thing I feel the movie/books did do well is normalize having open conversations about sex.

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Do You Bolt When the Honeymoon Phase is Over?

honeymoon phaseHello. I’m Sandy Weiner, and I’m a recovering romantic adrenaline junky. Allow me to explain. My pre-marriage dating history was checkered with short smokin’ hot relationships. They usually lasted up to 3 months. I was addicted to the high of early romance. I loved the chemical rush of those first months, the “honeymoon phase”. When the high was over and reality reared its ugly head, the flaws of the relationship emerged. And bam, the relationship would be over in a flash.

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How to Transform Your Love Life

transform your love lifeMy radio guest, Kimberley Heart, has been a counselor and relationship expert for over 30 years. In her private practice, she has transformed relationships from a dying love to a metamorphosis experience. Her retreats for single women focus on their desires instead of the wants of society. As a post-trauma expert, with degrees in sociology, psychology and psychiatry, Kimberley also founded a revolutionary method of responding to the psychological needs of thousands after a major disaster. She has hosted her own talk shows and is recognized as the “go-to” expert for major networks for counsel on navigating emotional distress. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with her on Last First Date Radio. Following are loosely transcribed highlights of our show about how to transform your love life.

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Codependency Recovery: How to Stop Loving the People Who Hurt You

codependencyPsychotherapist and author Ross A. Rosenberg, is the owner and works in Clinical Care Consultants, a counseling center in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He also owns and trains with Advanced Clinical Trainers (ACT), which provides a platform for talented and inspiring trainers, leaders and experts. Ross has been a psychotherapist since 1988. He is considered an expert in codependency recovery, sex and love addiction, and Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders. Ross is a licensed therapist who is also a certified addiction counselor (CADC) and certified sex addictions therapist (CSAT). He joined me on Last First Date radio for a highly informative show about how to avoid dating and falling in love with the people who hurt us. Following are loosely transcribed highlights of the show.

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It’s Never Too Late To Find Love

never too late to find loveI admit it – I’m a sucker for a real life love story. No, I’m not talking about the Hollywood/Disney “some day your prince will come” type of love story. I’m referring to what happens in real life when two grownup people fall in love. These types of true love stories can be so uplifting. They can restore hope to those who have given up on love. Because it’s never too late to find love. And for those already in happy loving relationships, isn’t it great to know you’re in good company?

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