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Santa Claus: How and When Children Discover the Truth

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 2
The belief in Santa Claus – and its inevitable demise – represents a turning point for our children. It also represents a turning point in our parenting. Once they are able to see through this impossible story, they are on the road toward adolescence and adulthood. It’s time to loosen the reins, and move from direction to guidance. It’s time to begin adjusting to the eventual arrival of our empty nest. READ MORE

Never Poor but Plenty Broke

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Keith Howard 0
That kind of informal tax on poverty wears a man down over time, and can transform him from being broke but not poor to just a plain old poor man.  Every man has his breaking point in the battle between poverty and self-respect.  I didn’t reach mine, but that’s not because I’m better or smarter or more deserving than the broke and poor folks who came to Liberty House. READ MORE

A 5-star review of a homeless shelter

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Keith Howard 0
Yesterday, I had breakfast in Manchester with a friend who’s fallen on hard times through no real fault of her own, unless developing a life-threatening disease and falling for the wrong man — or the right man at the wrong time —can be tallied in the fault column.  Eleanor, not her real name, has been living at New Horizons Homeless Shelter for the past three weeks. READ MORE
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Sex and marital satisfaction: A symbiotic relationship

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Dr. John D. Rich Jr. 0
Women in particular experience increased sexual desire when their spouses engage in positive behaviors (e.g. saying “I love you,” offering nonsexual physical affection, expressing approval, offering compliments) and decreased desire when their spouses engage in negative behaviors (e.g. dominating conversations, expressing anger, impatience, doing something to purposefully annoy her). READ MORE