Let’s Talk Love

Today is the first Valentine’s Day I’ve been truly without a significant other in almost 25 years. Before you feel bad for me…don’t.

Love – real love – arrives in many different forms and from lots of different sources.

Everyone knows about romantic love, the love of another man or woman that’s the motivation for thousands of songs, movies, books, and so forth. It’s easily recognizable. Many people feel incomplete without it but most of what we’re taught about love is unrealistic.

Real life rarely meshes with childhood fairy tales or romance novels. Yes, there are those of you out there with perfection (congratulations) but the majority of folks are working with what they got (or nothing at all). Continue reading “Let’s Talk Love”


Should You Make New Year’s Resolutions? 

A non-fiction article by Shayne McClendon.

Around this time, the expectation for you to set goals for the coming year is incredibly high. New Year’s resolutions have a long (and often frustrating) history.

Here is a list of the most popular resolutions made at the end of every calendar year. They’re also the ones that most often remain unfulfilled.

  1. Start working out
  2. Improve nutrition
  3. Save money and work down debt
  4. Travel
  5. Lower stress
  6. Decrease alcohol consumption
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Spend more quality time with family
  9. Volunteer
  10. Take up a new hobby or go back to school

These are valid goals, certainly. Any of them have the potential to better your life and the lives of those around you. If you’re a person who makes New Year’s resolutions, you’re probably a person who shares them with friends or family.

That’s your first step to making sure you don’t complete them.

Read more now: Should You Make New Year’s Resolutions?