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 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion 

Fight to laugh another day

"Fight to laugh another day" isn't something we normally hear. But this includes two practices that people who experience extraordinary relationships actively do. They know either i... — Updated 3/2/2021

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Shared Faith

People in extraordinary relationships know core principles are used to create long-lasting, healthy relationships. Previously I've written about honesty, loyalty, and commitment.... — Updated 2/16/2021

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Stop Comparing

Marriages have similar core principles and standards; however, it's not good to compare your apples with other people's apples. We aren't all in the same place nor do we have the... — Updated 2/9/2021

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Positive

The core of any extraordinary relationship has basic principles of honesty, kindness, forgiveness, encouragement and more. Every relationship includes negative and positive parts.... — Updated 2/2/2021

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion


The year 2020 was rough on relationships. Life changed and we had to adapt. Our schedules were wrecked, and we had to find a new normal. Simply said ... life was not the same. I thi... — Updated 1/12/2021

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion


One of the top 10 principles of extraordinary relationships is honesty. It seems so basic, but without it your relationship is doomed for failure. We all know at some point the trut... — Updated 10/28/2020



There are basic principles to create extra-ordinary relationships. Certainly, being loyal is in the top ten. How loyal are you? Do you stick with the ones you love even when they ar... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

The Connections Expert: Faith. Know. Act.

The West Coast is on fire, and our nation is smelling smoke. What can we do to help? How can we connect with the people who are hurting the most? What can we do about the fires,... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

The Connection Expert: Parental Choices

By now, most parents and school boards have made the decision how they will manage COVID-19 and the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. It hasn't been easy on anyone ... — Updated 9/9/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

The School of Love

Would you say you are a student of your husband, wife or significant other? Do they study you? I was listening to a comedian who said he loves being married and he studies his... — Updated 8/19/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

What's my part?

What's my part in the changes happening around me? That's a question I've wrestled with lately. What can "I" do? I grew up a military brat, mostly overseas, in a united... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Celebrate Independence Day!

Holidays are a wonderful time to connect to those you love and even those you don't know yet. Let's think of some creative ways to connect this July 4th. • For people you know... — Updated 7/1/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Kind

Today's average price for a gallon of gas is $1.84. Nice to have more money in our pocket at the gas pump. The average gallon of milk cost $2.29, a loaf of bread is $2.55, while an... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Understanding

This pandemic is a great time to practice understanding because we all have fears and concerns. While some of us are awesome at expressing our needs, others are not. There are... — Updated 6/3/2020


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