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Dear Wendy: “He Called Me His Girlfriend, Then Disappeared”

I went on a first date with this amazing guy the day before Thanksgiving. We made a great connection and hung out all weekend. We both agreed that it felt right and marveled at how easy it was to spend time with each other, and on Sunday he even called me his girlfriend! Normally, I don’t jump into things like that, but we were so into each other that I threw caution to the wind and went with it. A few days later, he called me and said that something happened to his dad (whom he said he has issues with) and that he was hospitalized in a city two hours south of here. He said he needed to focus all his energy on dealing with that and that he couldn’t be my boyfriend right now, explaining that he didn’t want to be with me at all if he couldn’t be with me 100 percent. He said it would be a few weeks before things got back to normal, and then maybe we could start dating again. I’m an eternal optimist and I want to believe that he still wants to be with me eventually, but I can’t ignore my logical side. I think that if he wanted to talk to me, he would have called me by now. Normally, I would shrug it off and move on already, but I’ve never met anyone with whom I’ve had such a strong connection. I want to be with him, and the things he has said lead me to believe that he feels the same way. What should I do? — Rushed Love Lost

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How To Not Screw Up The Holidays If You’re Single

The holidays, and winter in general, are for couples.

I swear, I’m not beating my usual “life is cruel for us singles” drum, because we pretty much own spring and summer. In winter, though, people pair off and disappear like the end of a key party, and we’re just left sitting there on the couch in our Fair Isle sweaters, wondering where everybody went.

After 30-some years of being single, I haven’t become inured to getting a little down about it. Who ever gets used to not having somebody to take home to their mother or to introduce around at the work party or, hell, even buy something goofy for? Read more Keep reading »

How To Pass The 7-Second Test

Earlier this month, Susannah admitted that she can tell how a date will go within the first three seconds. Turns out, she’s only about four seconds faster than average at sizing up a potential mate. Linda Blair, clinical psychologist and author of Straight Talking, says: “‘It takes only seven seconds for us to judge another person when we first meet them,” explaining that this subconscious behavior goes back to our “primitive roots when we couldn’t afford to make wrong decisions.” Judi James, author of The Body Language Bible, agrees, and explains: “We’re looking primarily to see if we should feel threatened, but we also make several assumptions about attraction and personality. … Because we tend to be time-poor, we use assumption as a short-cut, meaning if you don’t get it right first time you might not get another chance.”

This not only spells potential trouble for the person we’re sizing up, but it can be disastrous for us when we’re the ones being judged. After the jump, a few expert tips for passing the seven-second test yourself. Keep reading »

7 Perfectly Acceptable Reasons To Blow Someone Off

I try, try try my very hardest never to blow anyone off. I mean, being on the receiving end of a blow-off totally sucks, and I don’t take pleasure in hurting another person’s feelings. I believe that honesty is the best policy and if I need to break up with someone (romantically or otherwise), I try to give them a reason why, straight-up … well, most of the time. There are some instances when I feel perfectly justified in pulling the old duck and run. Find out what they are after the jump. Keep reading »

For The Week Of December 13-19, 2010

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Avoid making romance the focal point of the holiday, otherwise you could miss other precious moments that will be worth more than their weight in gold. Plus, expectations won’t do anyone any good, as there are two different points of view on what is going to be extolled as “romantic.” At the least, you two can compromise by having the same sense of humor.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Your ability to play mediator will come in handy, as your honey’s hot head will be steaming up and causing trouble. While it’s never fun to get forced into playing referee, chalk this up to being part of the slippery slope of love, taking the bad with the good. Thankfully, you do have plenty of pleasant memories to focus on, so think of them as you pass through this aggravating time.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Forget keeping score and nitpicking about the value of things and what you give, versus what you get. Nothing is ever finite and if you try to analyze the situation now in such a way, you’ll only be damming yourself, as in creating unnecessary resentments. Sorry, Scorpio, you aren’t always right.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

This week there will be things that fly out of your mouth that you might regret in hindsight, but if you follow the belief that everything has a reason, then you’ll be able to have some patience to let the dust settle and see what works itself out from there. You’re not someone who holds back ever, so understand that sometimes it’s timing that’ll screw you up.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You might have to go back on your word or prepare yourself for someone going back on his or hers. All agreements made around now aren’t going to be too solid, as much as you will want to believe they are. So, forget about making assumptions and be ready to go one slow step at a time.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Trying to work in a group dynamic won’t be your cup of tea this week, but of course, you might not get much of a say as your honey will have obligations that will have you going into places and encountering faces that aggravate. No matter, this is all a part of being part of a team. So, if anything, take it as it comes and check off a few points in your favor for good behavior.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

There are certain opinions of yours that won’t be the most popular now, so it might be to your advantage to keep conversations basic. Sure, small talk isn’t your specialty, but it’s better than getting into it and ruining the other more pleasant aspects of your life. You should know by now that one piece of discord will disrupt your whole state of mind.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Keep your goals realistic this week and avoid stressing yourself out trying to be everything to everyone. Because no matter what you do now, it’ll seem everyone will have complaints. It won’t be personal, but you don’t need to be anyone’s whipping post. So keep favors to a minimum now. After all, if anyone is going to do the flogging, it should be you in leather hot pants.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

What happens behind closed doors needs to stay behind close doors. Otherwise, if any of your life’s intimate details leak, it will cause a big ruckus among those who lead boring lives. Yes, seems someone around you will need to talk crap and try to stir up rumors, just to give him or her something to say at their holiday get-togethers. Lame, but tragically true.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Realize that the stress is going to be hitting your relationship hard now and no one will be acting in a normal fashion. This means you will need extra patience in dealing with all, as changes will come suddenly, throwing plans and your balance out of whack at rather inappropriate times. However, if you can keep it together, extra power will fall into your hands shortly.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

You love falling for the crazies, but it doesn’t mean the novelty doesn’t eventually wear out. You know it; this week is when you’ll start feeling tied down in a big way, as having to think for two won’t be as easy or as enjoyable as thinking for just you. Yes, nothing like giving yourself a gift early, as in leaving the baggage behind and getting back your freedom.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

A festive feeling is in the air and this is when your heart will be bigger than the sleeve you want to wear it on, so be careful not to be pledging your affections all over town. While juggling can be fun most of the time, this time around, it will get messy. Seems your world right now is smaller than you think.

What Relationship Trends Ruled 2010?

Once upon a time, people used to meet a cute singleton, fall in and out of love, have a string of failed relationships, stumble upon The One and live happily ever after. Or else they grew closer and closer to a close friend of the opposite sex, eventually declared their love for each other and lived happily ever after. Or they went on a string of bad online dates only to discover that their soulmate was working in the next cubicle, and they lived happily ever after. Or perhaps this is just the impression we’ve received from watching movies like “High Fidelity,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Kissing Jessica Stein.” Keep reading »

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