Valentine’s Day: A Little Office Romance

February 12, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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Jim likes to joke that we never had a first date. I think we had something better. After all, how many ambitious career women in the 1980s get rescued by a bona fide knight in shining armor?

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Valentine’s Day: Learning Love

February 11, 2016 by Susan Abel Lieberman

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By Susan Abel Lieberman

Ron Serrano was certainly not what my father had in mind when he thought about my marrying. I was a conventional middle-class Jewish girl, Ron the brown-skinned son of Mexican immigrants, raised Catholic.

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Dr. Ford: Should She Let Her Husband Know She No Longer Wants to Have Sex With Him?

February 11, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

You can let your husband know that there were too many years when you felt overwhelmed and under-supported and that the cumulative effect of that experience combined with your age has left you without desire. How he responds to your honest statement might open up the opportunity to work on some of the issues between you, which I would recommend, if you want to have a close and harmonious future.

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The Power of Young Love

February 10, 2016 by Judie Rae

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By Judie Rae

Richard’s math class was the hour before mine; we shared the same room as well as the same instructor. One Valentine’s Day I found a note in my locker directing me to look out the window of the math class, where I would find my Valentine gift.

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Sex Every Day at 60

February 8, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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I gave my husband a very unusual Valentine’s Day gift last year. I gave him . . . sex every day for a month.

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10 Tips to Managing a Long-Term Relationship

February 4, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

While it may seem to be humming along, a good relationship needs care, maintenance and plenty of attention if it is going to survive the long haul. Here’s a list of suggestions, many of which will be familiar to you, but which cannot be repeated often enough, on how to promote and maintain long-term happiness.

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Movie Review: ‘Carol’ — A Love Story

December 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the remarkable things about the film is that the issue of homosexuality is almost “incidental.” The film is a love story first, and the details of the lovers are secondary. Within the story, many of the familiar but important themes are present: How much pain can the lovers endure? What will they be willing to risk to be together? Can their love endure after they have hurt each other and is real forgiveness possible?

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Sex, Lies and Paperwork: ‘Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,’ Season 2 Premieres Tonight

December 1, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

I thought a better title for the show would be ‘Rich White Women Whining.’ . . . But, I confess it grew on me after a couple of episodes for two important reasons: very smart writing and very strong acting.

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Choosing Happiness: It’s Never Too Late to Exit a Bad Marriage

November 5, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Twice as many people over the age of 50 are now likely to divorce as were apt to do so in 1990, for example, and “silver” or “gray” divorce, as this phenomenon is sometimes referred to, is more and more acceptable.

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Cantor Debbi: Have Torah, Will Travel

October 4, 2015 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Where a more traditional cantor might turn down the opportunity to officiate at an interfaith or LGBT wedding, Debbi Ballard’s approach is to focus on the possible. “I‘d rather say ‘yes’ than ‘no’,” she explains. “’No’ ends the conversation. ‘Yes’ begins a dialogue. With ‘yes,’ you leave the door open.”

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Thanksgiving in Tanzania: The Story of an Accidental Priest

September 26, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Rev. Dr. Sandra McCann has switched careers abruptly—and with some amazement—all through her life. Ask her how she happened to become a doctor, then a radiologist, then a priest, and she’ll say, with a touch of wonder, “I was taken by surprise!”

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A First-Time Bride at 75: Ann and Jerry’s Romance

September 22, 2015 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

In her traditional white satin wedding gown, Ann Belkov made a stately entrance into the wedding hall. But when she saw her guests, she threw her arms out and cried, “AT LAST!” For, at 75, she was a first-time bride.

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Book Review: ‘The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality,’ by Rachel Hills

September 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

People consistently overestimate how frequently their peers are having sex by a wide margin. Would our tepid sex lives bother us as much if we knew they were, well, normal? Or, if we understood that the idea that one size fits all is, where sex is concerned, a myth?

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: When Parents Act Like Children

September 3, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the most important boundaries between parents and children is the strict one concerning sexuality. Not only are the two generations required to refrain from sexual activity with each other: Even knowledge of the other’s activities is taboo.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Is the ‘Female Viagra’ for Me?

August 24, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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Important work by Rosemary Basson, M.D., introduced the concept of a “circular” response cycle in women, as opposed to the more “linear” one that describes male sexuality, in which desire leads to arousal as a prelude to sex. Many women report “multiple reasons for initiating or agreeing to sex,” and desire may not be experienced until after arousal.

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