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Things Are Good: Caring People Have More Sex

It turns out that nice guys do get the girl (but not these nice guys), and nice girls too! Altruism has been linked to more sexual partners and better relationships. There is a growing body of research that connects people who are emphatic are good partners to have in life. Over at Scientific American . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Caring People Have More Sex

Things Are Good: A Happy Partner Means a Healthy Self

Being in a relationship can have benefits of feeling good as long as it’s a healthy one. There’s now a bonus to couples that are happy: they are making their partners healthier. It turns out that having a happy partner can improve one’s health.

“This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Happy Partner Means a Healthy Self

Politics, Re-Spun: Imagine, Re-Imagine the Strawberries

i’m imagining it again tonight

the mosaic tiles in strawberry fields in my ether in the intersection of idealist moonbeams and #BlackLivesMatter marchers swirling under the Manhatten hum [or is it a pulse?] feeling the tranquility of the mosaic despite being just steps from the Dakota.

i didn’t know then but they wrote strawberry fields . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Imagine, Re-Imagine the Strawberries

Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Somewhere at the intersection of trans* and BDSM, this happened:

“Three people have been arrested for allegedly keeping a transgender woman as a slave in the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.

“… NPSO received a report Saturday night from a Robeline assistant town marshal that he had come in contact with a female who had . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Somewhere at the intersection of trans* and BDSM, this happened:

“Three people have been arrested for allegedly keeping a transgender woman as a slave in the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.

“… NPSO received a report Saturday night from a Robeline assistant town marshal that he had come in contact with a female who had . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Keeping safe at the corner of trans* and BDSM

Things Are Good: Smart People Trust Others

Oxford University researchers have concluded that the more intelligent a person is the more likely they are to trust other people. This is assumed to be the case because smarter people have a better at determining what sort of people they want to be around and self-select to be around people who can indeed be . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Smart People Trust Others

Dead Wild Roses: Building Trust – Sliding Door Moments

Building a good relationship doesn’t happen in an instant. The good relationship requires a stream of small, often seemingly inconsequential, choices that build attunement empathy and sensitivity to your partner’s (and yours) need. John Gottman describes the process and also touches on the idea the CL-Alt which can start a cascade that moves couples farther . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Building Trust – Sliding Door Moments

Dead Wild Roses: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Marriage Behaviours that Destroy Marriages.

I thought I’d share some useful advice about relationships and marriage. It will be familiar reading to those who have taken sociology of the family. Enjoy.

“John Gottman’s FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE John Gottman, Ph.D., is a well respected psychologist and marriage researcher who reports that an unhappy marriage can increase your chances of . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Marriage Behaviours that Destroy Marriages.

Politics, Re-Spun: The Geography of Emotions, A Conversation with Colin Mills

Saturday night, I spent almost two hours discussing the Geography of Emotions with Colin Mills. We explored the ubiquitousness of emotions, the male crisis around emotions, how emotions relate with cognition, and the betweeness of emotions.

It was a fascinating conversation about a topic with wide implications for society, culture, human relations, activism, politics as . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Geography of Emotions, A Conversation with Colin Mills

350 or bust: TED Talk Thursday: There’s A Green Brain Inside Every Climate Skeptic

Journalist and educator Simran Sethi discusses why and how we engage, and how we can listen to, and learn from, other points of view. Everyone concerned about climate change, and working for a better future for our children, should listen to her wisdom. * SimranSethi.com Baltimore Sun: Climate and conservatives

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Canadian Progressive World: Match.com Paired Colorado Woman With Aurora Shooter James Holmes

A perfect example of one of those WTF moments we encounter in life. A Colorado woman, “Diana”, says that Match.com paired her with James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people at the Friday screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Diana claims that she discovered Holmes’ profile among her suggested matches on the same . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Match.com Paired Colorado Woman With Aurora Shooter James Holmes

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: 15 Crazy Things About Vaginas… And Why I’m A Big Fan

“The idea that an adult man could be distressed by the word “vagina” is hilarious, and also deeply sinister.” – Sarah Ditum

Dear reader, before we get to the 15 Crazy Things About Vaginas, I must torture you with my little story. You must understand why I, a middle-aged black male born and raised in . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: 15 Crazy Things About Vaginas… And Why I’m A Big Fan

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians OK with office romance: Survey

A survey by the Randstad’s Global Workmonitor found that seven out of ten employees (59%) indicate a romantic relationships between co-worker are common in Canada. And two thirds (66%) approve. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Where else to turn to for love and comfort than someone you already know? After all, an office or company is . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canadians OK with office romance: Survey

The Five Finger Rules

This is pertaining to something I mentioned in my last article about how I hate dating rules. Why do I hate them? Because they’re stupid. They’re really really stupid. I typically don’t like using ad hominems in my arguments; however rules aren’t people, so insulting them is completely fine in my opinion. I just find . . . → Read More: The Five Finger Rules

Sex Early On: A Liberal Woman’s Perspective

Yesterday the ever so intelligent author of the Liberal Pugilist wrote an article pertaining to sex while dating. In summary, he was trying to make the point that a woman should not make a man wait for sex because she’s following a dating rule. Sex should just be done and gotten out-of-the-way for the two[continue . . . → Read More: Sex Early On: A Liberal Woman’s Perspective

Here’s a novel idea, get sex out of the way first and then see if friendship or a relationship will stick

This is what I find baffling when it comes to male and female sexual and relationship behavior: It’s almost an unspoken rule, but many women still believe that making a man wait for sex is the optimal strategy to end up in a relationship with him, and men can’t seem to understand that some women[continue . . . → Read More: Here’s a novel idea, get sex out of the way first and then see if friendship or a relationship will stick

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Rob Maguire: Shake things up with snail mail

Disclaimer: I’m not talking about direct mail campaigns here. I figure you can come up with much more interesting ways to waste money on your own.

I was listening to the always interesting Spark radio program on CBC Radio yesterday, and they were discussing A Month of Letters, an open challenge to send . . . → Read More: Rob Maguire: Shake things up with snail mail

Weltschmerz: No End Insight

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Weltschmerz: No Show, No Tell

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Weltschmerz: Subtext

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Weltschmerz: Closet Guy

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Weltschmerz: Healing Process

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Weltschmerz: Sideways

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