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RESOLUTIONS

What is a resolution? The dictionary defines it as a determination or decision. The new year is a time when people make resolutions because it is symbolic of a fresh start, the marker of a new beginning. But according to research from a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire who interviewed 700 people, 78% fail to stick to their resolutions.
Why is this? Many of the goals that people choose focus on a negative aspect, on giving up something such as alcohol, cigarettes or fattening food, all of which are notoriously difficult habits to kick and rely mainly on willpower. Failure is dispiriting and can make you feel that you have no self-control. What about the 22% of people who are successful in sticking to their resolutions? It would appear that the answer is to set yourself a series of small realistic goals, focus on the positive benefits and reward yourself when you achieve one. Telling family and friends can help to motivate and encourage you. Perhaps the simplest of resolution…

THE POST-ROMANTIC MARRIAGE

Has romance ruined marriage? Do you still want to drift down the aisle in a cloud of white tulle? Is that first dance in front of everyone you know so crucial? Are you going to ride off into the sunset to some expensive tropical paradise? Are you going to live happy ever after? Never mind the wedding, what about the rest of your life? You are in love and in lust.  Marriage means commitment, security, monogamy. "In love" has to transform into "loving" and so does the sex. Can that kind of relationship survive for 50 or 60 years?
The post-romantic marriage is about companionship, shared values, equal roles. It requires acceptance, compromise, tolerance. The practicalities of everyday life have to be faced.There's not much time  for spontaneous anything, let alone sex. Our expectations are sky-high, we get disappointed. Some of us can work through it, others won't settle for anything less than perfect.
What to do? We don't have 10 year renewable marriage c…

THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

Most of us are familiar with the Nativity story, the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus, the 3 wise kings bearing gifts following their bright star to the manger in the stable. In Victorian times new ways of celebrating the birth of Christ came into fashion, with the evergreen decorated fir tree, the exchange of gifts and cards, the singing of carols, the snow deep and crisp and even, so different from the little town of Bethlehem in Palestine. Many cultures and faiths mark the dark midwinter with lights and candles, with festivals such as Hannukah, St. Lucia and St. Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus, the father of Christmas in his red furry suit popping down the chimney to fill our stockings.
Today Christmas is celebrated with boozing and flirting at office parties, a shopping frenzy for the latest consumer goods to exchange with our loved ones, and an orgy of cooking and eating with our nearest and dearest. Little wonder family rituals often end in tears. Too much drink, too much food, t…