New Book Out!

If you would like to read something new but don’t want it to take you a week, try my collection of short stories. It’s a short read but I believe you’ll like it!

The main story, Looking for Butch, tells the story of four friends and their antics and mishaps. These ladies are invited to get together to read a new book. Since they do this frequently, they looked forward to an evening of food, wine and friendship. They were not prepared, however, for a book that was written about them.

Other stories include a mother and the lengths she will go to protect her child, a self-important man who has a date with karma, a mysterious book, the special love of children, and an unusual psychic ability.

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/looking-for-butch

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Mending Family Bridges

Originally published with The Wellspring Collective

Relationships are difficult. Some of the most difficult are family relationships. Within a family are many and diverse personalities, and they do not always get along. Ideally, family members love each and have a responsibility to each other. However, many families are very “clickish”, causing confusion, discord and division that permeates the entire extended family.  Unless the person is a serial killer, “good riddance” is never a term that should be acceptable to a lost family member driven out by his or her own misdeeds, or another’s hate.

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New Stuff

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying this blog. Just wanted to let you know we’ve added a couple of things. The first is the new advice column, Dear Sylvia. Here you will find letters from people on different topics regarding relationships. Find out what Sylvia has to say to them. The second is the section called Best Love Songs-Videos. Listen to your favorites. If you don’t see it, leave me a comment and request it.

We are always trying to make the site better so you’ll keep coming back!

Talk to you soon,

Sylvia

Should we become a blended family?

Dear Sylvia:

The man who I have been seeing wants me and my six-year-old daughter to move in with him. While it would be nice to be able to save some money, I’m not sure that this would be a good idea. He has two children from a former marriage. They are eight and nine-years-old and are both girls. We have most of our evening meals there, and I cook.

The problem I am having is that his house is always a mess, his girls fight a lot, and his ex frequently “drops by”, unannounced, to see the girls. Her attitude toward my daughter and me is usually hostile, and he does very little to defend us.

He’s been hinting at marriage. It would be nice not to be a single parent anymore. Do you think we should go ahead and move in with him?

Wondering in North Carolina

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Dating and the Kids

When you are single, dating can still be challenging, but when you are a single parent, dating takes on a completely new dimension. Double that if both of you are single parents. There are the obvious pre-date demands such as finding a babysitter, coordinating work schedules, and making sure you are not scheduling a date on the night your child has a recital. Some single parents feel guilty about dating, and others are not even sure they remember what to do on a date. You can recognize a single parent on a date, because they are always checking their cell phone.

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Just Friends – Or Lovers?

My husband, who works at home and takes care of our kids, became friendly (because of our respective children) with a stay-at-home mom.  At first, it was just a play date here and there, but then with the summer break, the play dates increased.  Now they have become actual friends.  They get together often, though always with the kids of course, and they also text each other a lot. This is beginning to worry me.

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Should You Move in Together?

“If you think you know someone, live with them and you’ll know for sure!” — Jamie Arnold

You and your partner have been exclusively dating for a while now, and see each other every day. You are always together and cannot stand to be apart. Your stuff is at both places, and saying goodnight to each other on the phone seems so impersonal now. The answer seems simple, move in together.  Not only will you be together even more, but look at all the money you will save. Only one rent to pay, sharing expenses, and not having to drive back and forth between residences. This is definitely a win-win situation, right? Before you rent that moving truck, you should consider a few things.

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Connections…

“The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.”                    Barbara de Angelis

 

When to let go of a relationship

Humans are funny creatures. They tend to either dump great relationships, or cling to disastrous ones. Typically, women are the clingers because their emotions rule them, and the men are usually the ones that walk out. It seems that relationships, more than ever, are fragile and temporary. However, there are those relationships that are lingering way beyond the point of each party going their separate ways.

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His Mother Hates Me

© New Line Cinema

© New Line Cinema

Dear Sylvia:

My fiancé and I have been engaged for two and a half years. Our wedding is coming up in a few months. While I am excited about the wedding, I am also worried about my future mother-in-law. She doesn’t like me, and wastes little energy trying to hide it. She was never very friendly when we were just dating. When I would mention this to my fiancé, he would just laugh it off and say it’s just how his mom is. After we got engaged, her behavior became even more hostile.

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