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Author Archives: Larry Stallman
New York’s Marriage Equality Law: A Hopeful Landmark for All of Us
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Thus spoke the cartoon character Pogo, many years ago. The history of mankind seems to be the story of the infinite variety of ways that we create enemies, and distinguish “us” … Continue reading
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Valentines Day: Yet Another Day Of The Year to Act With Love
Happy Valentines Day! For a surprising history of this day of love click here. But what do we moderns do with a day like this? I guess it’s easy to get cynical about the $18.5 billion that the economic engines … Continue reading
The Marital Arts is now Relationship Arts
I have changed the Marital Arts site to the Relationship Arts because the name is now reflective of a more inclusive outlook. I felt it was necessary to make this change because many people are in serious, committed relationships and … Continue reading
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Do Love and Marriage really go together like a Horse and Carriage?
In her book, Why We Love, Helen Fisher describes the roles of the neurochemicals dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in impelling us toward relationship, and the chemicals vasopressin and oxytocin in maintaining our attachment bonds. Dopamine, Fisher reports, helps us to … Continue reading
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The Social Context of Relationships
Our impulse to bond is such a primitive, complex and essential force, that cultures throughout the world have deemed it necessary to provide oversight through ritual and rite. Where this occurs, individuals, for better or worse, inherit a whole set … Continue reading
The Relationship Artist understands that a relationship with the right person at the right time can provide a transcendent opportunity. It is an opportunity to share the journey of moving above and beyond the accidents of our birth. These accidents … Continue reading
Attitudes and Values Part 2
What are values anyway, and how do they affect a relationship? Values can be reflected in our thoughts as “beliefs,” or they can be reflected in our behavior as actions. Both of these aspects of “values” affect our relationships, but … Continue reading
Attitudes and Values Part 1
The Relationship Arts reflect a set of attitudes, values, intentions and skills that contribute to the lifelong process of creation and re-creation that is a committed relationship. The Relationship Artist is a person who dedicates him- or herself to the … Continue reading
What are we committing to?
We don’t go to school for marriage. If we were ever asked the question, “Why are you doing this?” we answered, “Because we love each other and we want to spend our lives together,” which on the face of it, is a very good answer. But how many of us share an understanding of Continue reading
Art and Marital Art
The idea of “art” is ancient, rich and varied, and we know, of course, that it is many things to many people. Like other creators of art, the Marital Artist devotes much of his or her energy to finding inspiration from Continue reading