January 29, 2022
CELEBRATING OUR THIRD FIRST KISS

Cathy and I broke up twice during our dating relationship. The first time was only for a few weeks. But after we started seeing each other again, it took a little time to share our second first kiss. The second time we broke up lasted over a year; when I wrote Cathy a letter asking […]

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January 11, 2022
LILY Letter 40: Joy and the Refiner's Fire

Elder Quentin L. Cook said: "There are many kinds of challenges. Some give us necessary experiences. Adverse results in this mortal life are not evidence of lack of faith or of an imperfection in our Father in Heaven’s overall plan. The refiner’s fire is real, and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in […]

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September 17, 2021
ABOUT LISTENING

In a recent podcast (yet to be released), Lark Dean Galley observed that women want to be loved and men want to be respected. The respect she discussed is avoiding the many temptations every day to nit pick her husband or make a running commentary on everything he does, how she wants things done, etc. […]

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September 8, 2021
DO WE REALLY SEE OUR PARTNERS?

One of the most difficult things to accept when I got divorced was that someone I had lived with for 15 years, loved, shared a home and a bed with, taken vacations with, spent Christmases with, and raised children with didn't want me anymore. If someone could feel the way she did about me, knowing […]

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June 9, 2021
WHY NOT ME?

This fun photo strip was taken at a photo booth set up at a wedding reception for two mid-single friends a couple of weeks ago. We thought it was a great idea. Each guest got a momento of the event and the couple got a picture of everyone who attended their reception. It always feels […]

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May 10, 2021
SINGLE PARENTING & STEP-PARENTING

We just celebrated Mother's Day and I know it is a bittersweet holiday for many in our community. For some of my mid single friends, the years when they could become mothers by bearing children have already passed them by. For others, they face the task of parenting alone. Still others face the task of […]

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April 7, 2021
THE POWER OF RELATIONSHIP RITUALS

When Julia (my first wife) and I were married a year, we moved to the Samoan islands where I served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of American Samoa. Although the job was amazing and living in the Samoan Islands was amazing, it didn't pay very well and we had to budget almost […]

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