It seems that many relationships are plagued by jealousy. Some say that jealousy is a sign of love...others say it's a sign of insecurity. Whatever the cause, jealousy can destroy a relationship.
Many people believe that there is ONE person out there just for them and when they find that person, life and love will be perfect. Do you believe in this notion?
We all have fantasies, but turning the fantasy into reality can bring dreaded consequences when people have acted upon their "make-believe" world in the real world.
There are so many ideas about what love is. Ask a teenager and you'll get one answer. Ask an 80 year old man and you'll get a different answer. What is love, really?
For several months, a small group of parrots has graced the bamboo thicket just outside our 5th floor apartment window. I loved watching them sit at the top of the bamboo branches, usually in pairs, swaying in the wind. There was one parrot though...
Why is it that when we go back home, we suddenly realize we're behaving the way we did when we lived at home? We've grown and changed, but once we're home, we revert to who we were before!
Due to the recent shootings in Connecticut that left us all in shock and disbelief, many people have tried to explain how this kind of thing could happen, pointing the finger at the NRA and our country's gun laws. I believe that there is no one...
Finding creative gifts for those we love is often a challenge. Here are some exchange ideas to chose from next Christmas.
Relationships take a lot of work and wisdom, and it has been said that we have to give more than we expect to receive in a relationship. The 50/50 idea has been discounted and replaced with the saying that to make a relationship work, we have to...
As more and more couples meet on the internet, or travel because of job responsibilities, long distance relationships are more common. Here are some helpful things to remember to make it work!
We tend to think that "No" is a negative word, and it is. There are many times though when "No" is the most loving word in the world.
We've all had those experiences when we would like to crawl in a hole. Here are three of my "worst".
One of the most difficult stages for parents is the teen stage. Parents feel frustrated, exasperated, unappreciated, and misunderstood. Teens feel misunderstood, trapped, depressed, and disconnected from their parents. I want to share some simple...
There are many foods that can actually enhance our moods. Find out which ones are great for you!
Relationships are a lot of work, but sometimes no matter how much effort we put into a relationship, it doesn't work. There is a time when the best thing to do is call it quits.
Third Culture Kids (TCK) are kids who are born to parents of one nationality but are raise in another culture, such as kids of diplomats or missionaries. These kids have a unique view of the world.
I have counseled countless women who have suffered abuse at the hands of the "man of their dreams", this wonderful man who promised to love and to cherish them at the wedding altar. I do realize that abuse also happens the other way around when the...
Panic attacks are often debilitating for those who suffer them. Learning all you can will help ease some of the distress, and learning coping strategies can lead to freedom from this prison.
I love trees. I can't seem to get enough of these giants who stand as testaments to the perseverance and resilience of life.
In this time of questions about the healthcare system in the U.S., it is worth looking at what some other countries are doing. Colombia is an example of a healthcare system that works for everyone.
Every morning and every evening several parrots can be seen from our living room window. Most of the time they are perched on a tall bamboo stalk, usually in pairs. Sometimes there are as many as 3 couples at one time, enjoying the ride as the...
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In this case, I could not find the lamps I wanted, and I began to brainstorm. Here's what I came up with!
There are many ideas about what constitutes great sex. In the end we all want to feel close and connected to another human being, and that true connection is what great sex is all about.
Since joining Hubpages I see potential topics everywhere I look, just as a photographer sees a great photo all around. I'm realizing that it's addictive!
What does love have to do with fear? Learn how love is the antidote to fear.
A visit to coffee country in Colombia must include a visit to the spectacular Hot Springs of Santa Rosa!
Much has been written on the subject of sexual abuse in general but I find that the topic of sexual abuse within marriage is curiously silent in literature. I suspect that many women have experienced some form of sexual abuse, but it seems that...
We're so prone to criticize others, or to listen to criticism. We may not realize the damage that it can do, to others and to ourselves. We slowly become more negative in our attitudes toward others.
Today the blended family, or step-family is becoming common. When we're in love it's easy to forget the potential troubles ahead as two families are merged. Here are some helpful things to consider.
I has been said that the quality of our relationships are only as good as the quality of our communication.
Saying "I love you" is wonderful but backing it up with actions is even better!
In these tough economic times, it's important to learn new ways to save money. Here are some great tips!
Today more and more people are volunteering overseas, whether it be in medical clinics or orphanages. Here are some helpful tips for what to do when volunteering overseas.
Depression is a common illness that most people will experience at one time or another in their lives. It's important to understand what Depression is, and how to overcome it.
My Dad did a little dance trying to get a lizard out of his pants. He now laughs about it but at the time, it was quite traumatic and embarrassing!
Growing up in Africa was a unique experience that I cherish. Here I share some of my memories.
Many people enjoy their fire pit in the cooler months, and this article explains how to convert the fire pit to a fountain in the spring!
When I moved back to the U.S. after living in South America for 25 years, I was alone for the first time in my life. I rented a small apartment, found 2 jobs, and decided I needed a dog. I heard about the Springdale Animal Shelter and went there...
Living in Colombia and watching its hardworking, gentle people is a constant source of wonder and admiration.
Recently I have seen CNN's "Freedom Project" stories and one in particular caught my attention: the "Child Slavery in Ivory Coast's Cocoa Production". I grew up in Ivory Coast, from my childhood all the way through High School. I left at 18 to...
Windows are like a glimpse into the home. They allow gentle breezes to float in and refresh those who dwell inside, and keep the rain out. They are often decorated and tell us about those inside.
Last week my husband and I visited Salento, a small town in the heart of coffee country in central Colombia. The drive from Pereira where we live took about 1 1/2 hours, most of it on a highway and then a little ways on a smaller paved road. Since...
Recently I gave a conference on Emotional Intelligence to a group of teachers. These teachers were well prepared in academics and were familiar with IQ testing, but little attention had been given to emotional intelligence in their training. The...
Many husbands feel frustrated because they don't know how to approach the topic of sex with their wife. Approach is everything!
Many people have heard negative things about Colombia, but Colombia is changing! I love living in this South American country. Here's why: