Author Archives: Anne Barker

Marriage Myth-Busters Myth #3: The First Years Are The Best

My husband and I recently visited my alma mater for my 30th reunion. (Yes, that says 30th, and I assure you that I am as shocked by that high number as I hope you are.) Now, it just so happens … Continue reading

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Marriage Myth-Busters Myth #2: Compatibility Is Key

Birds of a feather flock together. Well that may be true in the avian world but, sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way in the land of long-term, committed relationships. Okay, I’ll give you this: it may be true … Continue reading

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Marriage Myth Busters Myth #1: Falling In Love Is Enough

This “falling in love” myth is the Disney promise, right? The one we cut our romantic teeth on when we were young. It goes something like this: There is a One True Love out there for everyone, so I will … Continue reading

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After A Fight – Request A “Do-Over”

Conflict is a given in any long-term relationship, right? And by now most of us know there are different ways to handle conflict, some helpful and some not so much. And, for the most part, we’re really trying to learn … Continue reading

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Click On This Relationship Post

Oh, shoot! You’ve gone and done it already! Ah well. May as well keep reading. You’ve just clicked on what’s known in the blogging world as a “list post” or “listicle.” A list post is an article in a list … Continue reading

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Overheard: The Worst Relationship Advice EVER (Not)

“What’s the worst relationship advice you’ve ever heard?” I was attending a conference on teaching relationship skills with about a hundred other professionals, the majority of us therapists, and this question from our trainer was our introduction to the topic. … Continue reading

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What Little Word Could Lead To BIG Relationship Problems?

Okay, I’m not going to keep you in suspense. The word is “but.” And, yes, it can lead to BIG relationship problems. Read on. Newsflash: Most of us are not great listeners. Oh sure, we incline our heads in each … Continue reading

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I’m Ba . . . ack! (In The Writing Saddle)

Yes (sigh), I took a little break. Okay, I took a long break. It all started during Lent when I went on a time-consuming cleanse diet and found I needed to 86 just about every other responsibility in my life … Continue reading

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Finding Summer During A Winter of Depression

“In the midst of winter I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Alber Camus A few weeks ago, after several weeks of punishing wind and sub-zero temperatures, during which everyone in my community had all holed up … Continue reading

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4 Tips For Handling Conversation Bullies

You’re at a cocktail party or in the office break room, and someone goes on a rant about their political views. Only in the process of sharing their own views, they are also demeaning everyone else’s. Or you’re at a … Continue reading

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