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August 27, 2019

As you probably know, my colleague, Vicki Kennedy and I host four Hold Me Tight®️ couples weekend workshops a year near Orlando, FL and we have seen couples make amazing changes in the span of one weekend. Don’t think that two days can’t make a difference! In fact, her...

My granddaughter, Nevaeh and I recently saw something special. Sandhill cranes are prolific in Florida. Every Spring, new chicks hatch. We saw a beautiful pair of adult cranes near our house with two young chicks close by. I explained to Nevaeh that sandhill cranes usu...

November 16, 2016

Gotta tell you about our Pairs Care Marriage Retreat this past weekend in Fancy Gap, VA., our first, but definitely not our last. God has graciously provided an absolutely gorgeous venue for our time away. A private cabin, known appropriately to us as "The Sanctuary,"...

January 28, 2016




Ever considered a couples workshop? Lots of folks think that therapy is the only way a professional counselor can help their relationship. Sometimes therapy is just what is needed. But, in many cases, a couples workshop can be even better. Here are ten ways a couple...

January 19, 2016

In so many areas of life, it's not what happens, it's what you think about what happens. It's what you decide about what happens. A situation, a person, a relationship is what you decide it is. Two people can draw very different conclusions from the very same vantage p...

November 17, 2015


Have you ever lost something around the house and then found it?  Maybe you didn't even know you'd lost it.  But, when it turned up, how did you feel? Elated? Relieved? Surprised and satisfied? All of the above? "I thought I'd never see that again!" Sometimes what we...


          John Gottman has rightly discovered that, when couples fight, what they fight about is seldom the problem. It's more a matter of how they go about it. Why are some couples able to discuss even thorny issues with patience and goodwill, while others end up ar...

October 13, 2015


"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." I learned that on the playground in kindergarten, but I think it isn't true. In fact, words can hit like a fist and leave scars less visible, but no less lasting. Sad, but true that we will say har...

When is it time for couples counseling? How do you know when you and your partner need a therapist? Of course, no two couples are the same, so it's hard to give a "one size fits all" answer. But, here are a few signs that it's time to get help. No couple can stay "star...

October 1, 2015


Today begins a new month, a new chapter in my life and a new career. Welcome to Pairs Care! This is my first foray into blogging and I'm an eager learner. I hope you are too. Pairs Care is my passion and my full time work. In the words of the Beatles, mine has been "a...

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