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The Gottman Institute: The Art & Science of Love

The Gottman Institute: The Art & Science of Love My husband and I had a rude and rough couple of years. Sabin was briefly ensconced at the antipodes with people who thought they knew him better after 12 minutes than I did after 18 years, and they brought out his worst self. They encouraged him … Read More about The Gottman Institute: The Art & Science of Love

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Mystery of Birth

Mystery of Birth       I had the misfortune to be the impecunious shiksa married into a well-to-do Jewish family. My sincere conversion to Judaism, a religion I love, slightly blunted their dyspeptic view of me but didn’t resolve it. Not that my former in-laws were aware of their bias or their inability to … Read More about Mystery of Birth

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Empowering Women

I have raised four daughters: Empowering Women is a force close to my heart. “A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and … Read More about Empowering Women

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Factual Error in The New Yorker: Is this how fake news starts?

Factual error in the New Yorker: I write this post not just for myself, but for all women whose ideas were misattributed to a man, and who were told to leave it be and not to rock the boat. My husband Sabin Howard is making a national memorial, the National World War I Memorial. He … Read More about Factual Error in The New Yorker: Is this how fake news starts?

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My friend’s grandson passed

Today was the memorial service for a dear friend’s infant grandson. There were photographs placed around the room in the funeral home. It was a room for congregating, with neat rows of chairs for the visitors and tissue boxes placed at strategic intervals. Mourning is excruciating anyway, but yoked to a child’s death, it is … Read More about My friend’s grandson passed

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Tender Loving Care for a Marriage

Tender Loving Care for a Marriage Sabin and I came to a dark and stormy place in our marriage. That diction belies the fresh and cutting pain of such a place and time. When we both returned to the marriage, we sought help in putting things back together. There are books, websites, and videos that … Read More about Tender Loving Care for a Marriage

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Returning to Source and Writing Again

Write again, they are telling me. You must write, Traci.  It’s the new theme: writing again. The past twelve months have been excruciating. I am struggling. It’s been a year of comings and goings from my life; intermittency like a suddenly thrown grenade blew up my peace of mind. It has been a year of … Read More about Returning to Source and Writing Again

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Snooty Rich Women Are Everywhere, Including New Zealand

Snooty rich women are everywhere, including New Zealand Places change but people don’t. A recent trip to Wellington showed me the commonality of human traits, especially foibles. In a land where people pride themselves on being non-materialistic and friendly, I got to experience the same self-aggrandizing arrogance that I see in New York city. Here … Read More about Snooty Rich Women Are Everywhere, Including New Zealand

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On Love

On Love Of late, I think about love. The nature and meaning of love, the kinds of love. References to love abound in our culture. Mostly those references concern romantic love. If you play American music, you will hear all manner of songs about romance, its thrills and heartaches. Other shades of love, like agape … Read More about On Love

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Marriage and Family are Real: Marriage and Family are Love

Marriage and Family are Real: Marriage and Family are Love (reprise of a Facebook Post I wrote)   This is our family. We’ve gone to see the Tree at the Met for nearly 2 decades. It’s love. Family is love, and it is everything. Family is real. Family radiates from a marriage. Marriage is love, … Read More about Marriage and Family are Real: Marriage and Family are Love

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Great New Video for THE YEAR OF LOVING

There’s a great new video for THE YEAR OF LOVING. Book trailers are a thing. They’re supposed to tease and intrigue the viewer, so the viewer wants to buy the book. They should also entertain and perhaps explain a little bit. I made this one, and I had a lot of fun. I hope you … Read More about Great New Video for THE YEAR OF LOVING

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Traci L. Slatton is the international bestselling author of historical, paranormal, and romantic novels.