By Chandrama Anderson
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About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in ... (More)
About this blog: About this blog: I am a LMFT specializing in couples counseling and grief and have lived in Silicon Valley since 1969. I'm the president of Connect2 Marriage Counseling. I worked in high-tech at Apple, Stanford University, and in Silicon Valley for 15 years before becoming a therapist. My background in high-tech is helpful in understanding local couples' dynamics and the pressures of living here. I am a wife, mom, sister, friend, author, and lifelong advocate for causes I believe in (such as marriage equality). My parents are both deceased. My son graduated culinary school and is heading toward a degree in Sociology. I enjoy reading, hiking, water fitness, movies, 49ers and Stanford football, Giants baseball, and riding a tandem bike with my husband. I love the beach and mountains; nature is my place of restoration. In my work with couples, and in this blog, I combine knowledge from many fields to bring you my best ideas, tips, tools and skills, plus book and movie reviews, and musings to help you be your genuine self, find your own voice, and have a happy and healthy relationship. Don't be surprised to hear about brain research and business skills, self-soothing techniques from all walks of life, suggestions and experiments, and anything that lights my passion for couples. (Author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Calif. Lic # MFC 45204.) (Hide)
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I was recently sent research indicating that a weekend away is the number one romantic gift that both men and women want.
David Skernick is a photographer (this Shasta shot is one of his) with two new books out: Back Roads of Northern California
and Back Roads of Southern California
. The photos are gorgeous and they inspired me to embark on a road trip with my husband.
I always enjoy images where the landscape is reflected in a body of water. I had no idea there are Zebras near Santa Barbara! The moonbow photo in Yosemite is a favorite of mine.
In September, my husband and I had a long drive (moving my son and his fiance home after college in Oregon), and we talked about any and everything (dreams, hopes, concerns, humor, witty bantering, finances, kids, etc.), read a book aloud to each other and discussed it, etc. Road trips are special times together. Set your devices aside and enjoy each other, the scenery, and your adventures.
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa!