Tuesday, December 28, 2010


This is not for the faint of heart... :)

Friction sex is the rubbing together of body parts.

It can feel pleasurable.  For many it is the predominant mode of sexual expression.  Friction sex, however, lacks certain qualities: the sensual and the intimate.

Sensuality is the appreciation of all the sensory modes:  flavor, fragrance, hue, texture, timbre, contour, and more.  A sensuous lover is willing to take the time.

Intimacy is openness to our own feelings and to our spouse's feelings.  It is honesty, vulnerability, and trust.  There is willingness to listen and to communicate.  While one need not necessarily be romantically in love, there is always respect.

In contrast to the repetitious nature of inter-course, sensuous sex flows.  One moment ma be spontaneously playful, the next quietly reverent.  There is lingering, allowing the next feeling and touch to unfold.  In exploration, new joys are welcomed.

To be a sensuous lover, then, is to blend the sensual, the sexual and the intimate.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


From earliest childhood most of us received the message "don't touch."  In the past, touch, and especially sexual touch, was limited to the bedroom with the lights out and was for procreation only.  It was certainly not for pleasure.  Later, society acknowledged that exual touch could be enjoyed as an end in itself.

Only now are certain segments of our society beginning to realize that nurturing and appreciation of the sense can be pleasureable also.  These are methods of communication, ways to say "I care."  They do not have to lead to further sexual involvement, althought they may if the couple chooses.

Massage is one method of touch and sensory awareness that is becoming more and more socially acceptable. 

It is my belief that we miss many opportunities to enjoy warm, intimate relationships and experiences because there is the expectation that touching and nurturing, expecially touching which could be considered erotice will automatically  lead to inter-course.  This does not have to be the case.  There are times that the only goal is to relax and enjoy pleasure.

Find ways to show you care; utilizing nurturing touch and providing comforting pleasure to your spouse.  It will be recipricated.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


In theory, if your home was too cold, there would be two primary ways to create a warmer temperature.  The first would be to shore up the cracks.  You'd walk around the house making sure the windows were tightly closed; you'd check the weather-stripping, the insulations in the attic, and any cracks in the walls, around the edges of doors, and so forth.  In doing so, you'd keep additional outside cold air from entering the house.  The other, more direct (and more quicker) approach would be to simply turn up the heat.  BINGO - in a matter of a few minutes, your home would be warm and cozy - irrespective of any tiny cracks.

You can easily extend this metaphor to your relationship.  You can attempt to create warmth and closeness by fixing everything that's wrong.  Theoretically, if you were able to mend each issue and repair every imperfection, you'd have one terrific relationship filled with warmth and love.

But like heating a home, a more direcct (and more effective) approach would be to (metaphorically) turn up the heat.  In a practical sense, this means that you ignite every warmth indicator you can possibly think of.  You become kinder and more generous, and you start dishing out more compliments.  You become less critical, stubborn, and judgmental.  Instead of being irritated, you practice patience and forgiveness.  You begin to use more eye contact and better listening skills.  You choose being kind over being right, and you put the needs of your partner before your own.  You say and do the things that you used to say and do when you first met.  In short, you do anything and everything that is associated with loving behavior.  If you turn up the heat in this way, your relationship will blossom despite the fact that there are tiny flaws.  In fact, with enough warmth, most flaws and imperfections will work themselves out without much involvement or efffort.

As obvious as this is (when you actually sit down and think about it), it's almost never done.  Most of the time the other approach is taken - trying to fix deficiencies.  Frequently, people will say, "I can't turn up the heat until certain conditions are met, until he or she begins to change."  The problem is, the type of change you're looking for is almost impossible in the absence of enough heat.  It's putting the cart before the horse.

Monday, November 8, 2010


One day I was driving in the car, listening to a radio call-in talk show.  In less than half an hour, three people called in to complain about something their spouse had done, or in one case "may have done."  In all three cases, the so-called issued had happened at least a year prior to the call.  One woman's issue was that her husband "may have flirted" with another woman some two years ago.  She was absolutely consumed with this, unable to let it go, and was wondering what to do.  Another complained that, in years past, her husband had seemed distant and had become a poor listener.  She was trying to figure out what she had done wrong.  It was as if she were playing Ping-Pong in her mind, saying things like, "It could have been this or it may have been that."  Finally, a man called to share his frustration that in their first year of marriage, his new wife had rached up some hefty credit card bills.  He couldn't sleep nights because he was caught up in the fear that she might, at some point, repeat this behavior, despite the fact that she seemed to have curbed her habit and learned her lesson.  He was still angry with her for "what she had done to their future security."

I felt like yelling, "Let it go already!"  But that was hardly the advice the hostess was offering.  To the contrary, she encouraged them to get even more caught up and analytical about the events and issues, and to fill their heads with doubts, fears, and additional concerns.  She would say things like, "Have you considered that there may be a pattern here?"  and "I've heard this before.  Be careful."

Before I go on, let me assure you that I'm not making a case for flirting outside of marriage, poor listening skills, or overspending.  All three issues can, and often do, contribute to problems in marriages, as well as other relationshops.  However, most people seem to completely igore the negative  impact of hanging on to such issues to a point of diminishing returns -- and the impact this unwillingness to let things go has on our relationships.  We forget what a drag it is to be around people who can't let go of things and who hold onto past issues.  We fail to realize how difficult it is to remain loving to someone who holds us to unrealistic expectations, and who makes no room in their heart for the fact that we are human.  There's an old saying that applies not only to these three callers, but to most of the rest of us as well:  "Enough is enough."

Relationships can be challenging enough without the added burden of keeping past issues alive and vibrant in your mind.  It's helpful to remind yourself of what happens to your own capacity to love, forgive, and grown when you are consumed with something that is over and done with.  Usually, when your head is filled with fear, suspicion, and frustration -- practically anything but love.  Your frustrations will usually spill over into other areas as well, and you'll probably end up being upset about all sorts of "small stuff."

We're not talking about buring your head in the sand.  The truth is, we all make mistakes, act less than perfect, and have at least occasional errors in judgment.  The ideal environment to get through these things, however,  is an environment of forgiveness and nonjudgment.  In other words, if someone you love has made any type of mistake, the best you can do is remain loving and supportive yourself, and not turn the issue into a gigantic event.  That way, your rapport will remain intact and your partner will feel comfortable discussing the issues between you and will feel supported in your growth as a couple.

So, if you're carrying around or still holding on to issues from your past, it may be time to simply let them go.  Instead of harboring negative feelings and staying uptight, make the decision to forgive, forget, and more on.  You'll be rewarded with a richer, more open and honest, and far more loving and nourishing relationship.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Almost nothing immunizes us from the every day frustrations more than a healthy sense of humor -- particularly the ability to laugh at ourselves.  Every long-term relationship gets to a point where your spouse knows you almost as well as you know yourself.  He or she will see your quirks, anticipate your unhealthy responses, and know the ways that you sometimes get in your own way.  Even if you tried, it would be difficult to hide your true self from your partner.

If you are unable to laugh at yourself, you're in for a long, bumpy ride.  You will struggle in your relationships because, as your spouse teases you, notices your flaws, and occasionally points them out, you will feel and probably act a bit defensive.  This, in turn, will exacerbate and highlight your weaknesses, making them seem far more significant.  What's more, your reactions to your spouse's comments will create additional issues for the two of you to deal with, and your "small stuff" will start to seem like big stuff.

If you look around at the happiest and most loving relationships, you'll almost always notice that both people have an ability to laugh at themselves.  Both partners will have the perspecitve necessary to stay lighthearted as their own imperfections come to the surface.  This creates an environment where occasional teasing or kidding around is okay, and where one feels safe in making observations or suggestions.  Your relationship has the chance to deepen and grow because both parties feel safe.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


So How Do You turn your relationshop into a Grrreat Romance?

The first thing you need, of course, is the simple desire to do it.  You have to want to bring Grrreat Romance into your relationship.

The second thing; Grrreat Romance requires you to respect the differences between you and your spouse.  And one of those differences is sex.

Guess what?  Sex probably doesn't mean the same to him as it does to you.  It's tough to generalize about something so profoundly personal.

Women enjoy sexual relations the most when their emotional needs are being met.  And men are much more open to the emotional side of a relationship when their physical needs are being met.

It's so hard to find time and energy to devote to your relationship.  But as Ellen Kreidman points out in her book, "Light HisFire," if you don't have an affair with your partner, someone else will!  That leads me to the final key to Grrreat Romance:  You have to put it on your schedule.

Just Do It!!  Show your lover that he's a priority in your life.  And that's how you turn a relationship into a really Grrreat Romance.

Friday, October 22, 2010


  • 1 calendar
  • 3 or 4 romantic or fun events
Create a countdown calendar for your guy.  You can do this with a page from any large calendar, of course, or print a custom calendar with your computer.

Start by marking the "BIG EVENT" (special evening alone)  Dress up the date with big red exclamation points, arrows, hearts, whatever.

Between now and then, write down a few romantic or "couples" events, and include the countdown  -- the number of days until the Big One.

The countdown calendar is a big, month-long romantic tease for your lover.  It's fun, and a little funny, and every time he looks at it two things will happen.  He'll think of you, of course.  And he'll count down the days to your big secret event.

Planning and making time to spend with each other is extremely important in our relationships with our spouses.  Make the most of it and have a great time!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

KISS OF THE WEEK - Happy Trail Kiss

Use stick on notes to make a trail through your house that leads to your lips. 

Put a lipstick print or lip symbol on each note with an arrow pointing to the next note.

You, of course, are at the end of the trail with a stick-on note over your lips that says:

"Lift for kiss"

Friday, October 15, 2010


I recently came across an article written by Doreen Virtue:

"When I began surveying men about romance, I expected to read many answers that connected sex to love and romance.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the men's answers were much more removed from the act of intercourse than I expected."

"Here's a list of the actions most often cited by men as turn-ons leading to a romantic mood, listed in order from most to least frequent:

  1. Being with a woman who looks good or dresses seductively.
  2. A home-cooked dinner
  3. Non-sexual touching, such as hugging, massaging, or caressing.
  4. Eye contact or a special way of looking at each other.
  5. Low lights or candlelight.
  6. Having a partner who makes a special effort to make a romantic evening.
  7. Having a partner who is spontaneious or who surprises me.
  8. Kissing
  9. Soft music
  10. Wine or champagne (sparkling cider works too :))
  11. A woman who smells great
  12. A quiet atmostphere
"All these turn-ons strike me as gentle, tender expressions of male and femal bonding.  A romantic setting is very important to a man -- he enjoys dimmed lights, soft music and a quiet atmosphere.  His romantic mood is aroused when his femal partner puts a special effort into making him feel like a king."

I was surprised that many of things in this list are the same things that I enjoy.  It shouldn't be hard to figure out how to keep the romance alive in marriage.

Just some food for thought.

Happy Romancing!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


It seems as if each day brings breaking news of yet another male celebrity philanderer, and we have to admit it makes us a little nervous. Still, we're not buying the excuse that men aren't wired for monogamy, which is why we liked these man-devised tips that provide an even-handed approach as to why affairs happen — and how we can prevent them in our relationships. —Glo

1. Appreciation, Not Apathy
2. It's Never Just About the Sex
3. Have an Empathetic Ear
4. The Friendship Factor
5. Grow (Up) Together
6. No Subject Should Be Out-of-Bounds
7. Talk Is Good, but Action Can Be Better
8. Reimagine Masculinity
9. Do Not Fear Your Dark Sides
10. Absence Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder

This list comes from an article found in Women's Day.  The Article is called:  STAYING FAITHFUL 10 Way to Prevent an Affair.  The article was written by Brendan Tapley - May 19, 2010



Several years ago I purchased the book:  Don't Sweat The Small Stuff in Love

I purchased it knowing that there would be some good advice as I had already read the book:  Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, It's all Small Stuff (a gift from mom).

I remember some of the reasons for the purchase.  One of the reasons had to do with the constant bickering between me and Victor and the constant irritation with one another.  This is not the way married couples should behave.

In the first chapter:  Mostly, Be Pals the authors share the following:

"When you are good friends first... everything seems to take care of itself.  Pals support one another.  They are patient and kind, and make allowances for each other's imperfections.  Friends are excellent communicators, and usually very good listeners.  While they can also be serious, when appropriate, pals also find it easy to have fun, and to laugh.  They stay connected, sharing in the good times and being there for each other during the diffcult times."

I immediately thought of mom and dad.  They have often shared with their children that their best friend is each other.  And they do spend time with one another and share in activities that they each enjoy.

I also remembered the "courtship" periods before the "honeymoon" and how we treated each other.  We were patient with one another; we shared willing with one another; we were kind toward one another.  At what point in our relationships do we forget to be friends first?  When did the bad habits of neglect; sarcasm; jealousy and impatience creep in and become acceptable?

I can't remember the moments in the past that almost created a rift between me and Victor, but I do remember the turning points and where my relatioship with him became important.  Almost losing Victor; the long days and sleepless nights while he was hospitalized gave me lots of opportunity to reflect and assess what I wanted most.  I wanted Victor and I wanted to live a happy life with him.  I wanted him to know that I love him and that I would do anything for him.

"...being really good friends is a gift, and a goal worth pursuing.  When you are good pals, you somehow find a way to meet in the middle, and to share  in each other's dreams without feeling like you're sacrificing a thing."