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For The Week Of December 12-18, 2011

2011 Astro Guide!
Find out what Kiki T predicts for your sign! Read More »

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): The truth can have many faces, as you will see this week. So, sit tight and be willing to work through this insanity. Not to say this mess is going to be a bad thing, because, in fact, it’ll likely turn you on a little bit more for that special someone, as you’ll see their complexity in a more peculiar way, tickling you in the oddest of places.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): Forget holding on to the past too tightly, as it’s time to let it go. Yes, new foundations are aching to be, so time to own up to the changes going on and love it. After all, progress isn’t slowing down, and in time you will have no more choices but the ones ahead — and if you can just chill out and really look, you’ll see they’re really are quite lovely. Keep reading »

Solid Relationship Advice: Know That The Grass Ain’t Greener

“Don’t look at other couples and think they have it all together while you and your mate don’t. That’ll just make you feel bad about your relationship and drag you down. Those smiling people who look like they have it all do have it all — including problems. You just have no idea what they are. And don’t look at individuals you’re not with and think you could have a better relationship with them. It’s easy to fantasize that the sexy acquaintance with whom you have a buzzy rapport with would make a hot, fun, trouble-free girlfriend, but she’s just someone whose problems you don’t know yet. Love the one you’re with, and work through the problems you know.”

I am not married (obvs), but I found TIME‘s “How To Get And Stay Married,” written by journalist/novelist Toure, to be wonderfully sane and wise advice for all couples, regardless of their matrimonial status. Check out the other four tips in the piece at the link. [TIME]

8 Hook-Up Dealbreakers

I could write a book filled with my friends’ hook up horror stories, but that would be ugly and unproductive. So in the spirit of Liz Lemon, I decided to make a list of dealbreakers to prevent said horror stories. Unfortunately, many of my friends have followed through with a hookup despite a definite deal breaker (I have not of course, because I am perfect and never make mistakes). Enough is enough. Some things are just plain unacceptable and must be addressed.

However, I didn’t just write this list for girls. Pass this post on to a guy friend. Gentlemen, please pay attention. I’m trying to help you. Read more…

Cash & Coupling: Are Your Gift-Giving Styles In Sync?

Holiday Gift Guide
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1st Holiday With His Folks
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Gifts For Him
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My husband is like a child when it comes to giving gifts. He shops big – both big price tags and big impact — and he’s usually even more excited about giving me my gifts than I am about getting them. They’re always really nice – for my 30th birthday I got an iPad – and he literally can’t wait to give them to me. (I got the unwrapped iPad weeks before my actual birthday.) I, on the other hand, gravitate towards thoughtful gifts with smaller price tags. The money he puts behind my (often bling-y) gifts caught me off guard earlier in our relationship, and it’s taken me almost six years to convince him that every holiday doesn’t require an over-the-top gift. Keep reading »

The 3 Types Of Holiday Hookups, Defined

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Holiday hookups may be all the rage this season — you know, right alongside temporary boyfriends and desperate attempts to hang out under the mistletoe.

But before you take the plunge into Christmas sex, you might want to take some time to study the rules of such encounters. A new study, published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, explored the various types of casual relationships among young people (ages 18 to 27) and their “codes of conduct,” so to speak. Keep reading »

Anderson Cooper Demystifies Polyamorous Parenting

My First Time...
...being polyamorous. Read More »
Poly Poster Girl
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Tilda Swinton is our polyamorous poster girl. Read More »
Poly Dealbreaker
Is polyamory a dating dealbreaker? Read More »
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In case you were curious about how polyamorous relationships work in practice, especially when a child is involved, Anderson Cooper got up close and personal with a triad on his show. Okay, follow me here: Jaiya Ma and Jon Hanauer have been together since they met at Tantric Yoga teacher training 10 years ago. At some point, Jaiya brought another man into the relationship, but things ended with a bad breakup. Jaiya’s tendency was to “connect” post-breakup, while Jon’s was to “retreat.” So, instead of breaking up, Jon encouraged Jaiya to find someone else. Eventually, she met Ian Ferguson in dance class and they had an instant connection. Jaiya became pregnant with Ian’s baby. Now the three of them live together with two-year-old Eamon. Interestingly, Jon (not the biological father of Eamon) does a good portion of the child care. You can watch an additional clip of Anderson’s interview with them here. Do I smell a sitcom here? Keep reading »

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