The Heart Beat

Opinion and Invective On The World of Dating and Relationships

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May 30, 2017

Counting Down to Love: Thoughts on ‘Timer’

Recently, I was trying to decide what to watch on Netflix when I came across the movie Timer. A friend had recommended it, so I clicked. It’s an independent film about a society, much like our own, but in this world you can get a timer which counts down until you meet your soulmate. It’s […]

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May 16, 2017

Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give: An Interview with Ada Calhoun

In 2015, I joined many others in reading Ada Calhoun’s Modern Love piece: “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give.” It was about the challenges and difficulties in marriage, but it was also about why marriage was worthwhile. I loved every word. Sometimes, well-meaning people hear that I’m single and that I’d like to be married […]

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May 11, 2017

When Mother’s Day is Painful

There’s a dating adage out there that you should judge a man by how he treats his mother. And Mother’s Day is the biggest test of them all. Did your date take his mother to brunch? Send her flowers? At least call or text? Actually, a better measure of a man’s character is how he […]

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May 9, 2017

6 Sweet Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Our own blogger extraordinaire Lindsay Tigar has put together a thoughtful piece about celebrating our moms… in the most creative of ways. I know I can always use some new ideas. So please enjoy, and don’t forget to wish all the moms you know much love. Written by Lindsay Tigar When you were in middle […]

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April 26, 2017

Is ‘Radical Acceptance’ the Key to a Lasting Relationship?

Today’s wise guest blog comes from the CEO of YourTango, Andrea Miller, who has  just written the thought-provoking new book Radical Acceptance: The Secret to Happy, Lasting Love (out May 2, 2017!). Rising above all of the petty grievances and learning to fully accept others is something we could all strive for in so many of […]

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April 20, 2017

How to Be Married: An Interview with Jo Piazza

Being in a happy relationship doesn’t end with finding “the one”. At age 34, award-winning journalist and author Jo Piazza met the man of her dreams. But before long, she found herself riddled with questions. How do you create a healthy marriage right from the very beginning? How does an independent, strong-willed feminist become someone’s […]

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April 17, 2017

‘Should I Settle?’

Dear Sara: I am a 38-year-old unemployed lady wishing to settle down with a guy who has okay financial strength and is intellectually enough for me and spiritually high. After lots of efforts, I could not get what I wanted. Then one guy of 33 years came in my life as a Facebook friend. He […]

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April 12, 2017

What My 18-year-old Daughter Taught Me About Relationships

My daughter graduated from high school this past May, and is currently on The World Race (a gap year program, #3n9 as they travel to 3 different continents over the course of 9 months). This is not simply traveling around the world with a backpack; rather, they are assigned a host ministry with which to […]

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April 11, 2017

‘Do Men Really Want Love, or Just Sex?’

Dear Sara: I am a 40-year-old woman who is healthy, happy, and open to life. I am single currently and have not had a real relationship for almost 15 years. The two big relationships I had when I was younger died, and when I look back I think one of the major factors was my […]

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March 29, 2017

‘I Think I Have a Stigma’

Dear Sara: I have been divorced three times, and my last “husband” passed away in 2014. (We exchanged our vows, had joint bank account, vehicles together, were each other’s emergency contacts, etc. However, we never filed any paperwork with the government, as he didn’t feel that I should be responsible for any of his past […]

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