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Have the Conversation

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joe dubowski_rev1By Joe Dubowski, MS Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Ever find yourself rehearsing a conversation with someone in your head? Has that conversation ever been with your husband, wife or romantic partner?

Have you ever, at a later time, actually had that conversation with them?… Read the rest →

A lesson from a Barista: Tips for a Happier Marriage

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By: Joe Dubowski, MS Associate Marriage and Family Therapistjoe-dubowski

A visit to the local coffee shop was turning into a disappointment. I went to the shop hoping to enjoy a specific type of hot tea they carried. Instead, I was told they no longer sold that tea.… Read the rest →

Procrastination: What to Do When It Isn’t a Laughing Matter

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By Joe Dubowski, MS Associate Marriage and Family Therapistjoe-dubowski

 “I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.”– Oscar Wilde
There are plenty of jokes about procrastination, but the truth is that for many people it is no laughing matter.… Read the rest →

Finding Hope in the Midst of Loss

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41gHr9e0oxL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_“Our sense of personal identity depends largely on the roles we play and the relationships we have… Catastrophic loss is like undergoing an amputation of our identity.” — Jerry Sittser, in A Grace Disguised

These thoughts capture well my own experience when, on Valentine’s Day 2008, I learned that my daughter had died from the shooting that took place that day at Northern Illinois University.… Read the rest →