Category Archives : What is Marriage

Articles about what a marriage is


I Study Marriage for a Living

I Study Marriage for a Living in Marriage Conversation: If someone asked you “what’s your partner’s biggest fear?” Could you name it? The newest coffee shop in town was deserted except for a huge police officer sittìng belly out front sipping a small cup of decaf. I knew it was decaf because the box was […]


From Marginal to Magnificent

Marriage Re-Imagined From Marginal to Magnificent – Marriage Conversation Many marriages no longer sing. From a wedding high – a Strauss march perhaps, or a tender Sinatra love song or maybe their beginnings sounded like a beautiful hymn sang in an ancient temple, or maybe it was 60s rock and roll – from that high […]

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Does the Rain Drive the Mood or Does the Mood use the Rain

Does the Rain Drive the Mood or Does the Mood use the Rain in Marriage Conversation: Early rainy Monday morning: Does the rain drive the mood or does the mood use the rain? Going inward. https://www.flickr.com/photos/emzee/271511545/   What marriage needs is a new big idea. We’ve tinkered with relationship competency for a long time now […]


About Marriage Conversation

About Marriage Conversation in Marriage Conversation Introducing Stephen W. Frueh M.Div; PhD Stephen is a coach and educator who has a passion for teaching people the fundamentals of effective relationships. He created the With These Rings model, working on it for over ten years, and expects to publish it this year. Raised in the inner […]

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A Time for Imagining Marriage- Marriage Re-Invented

A Time for Imagining Marriage- Marriage Re-Invented in Marriage Conversation There are a lot of ‘chronics’ – chronic arguments, chronic indigestion, chronic indebtedness, chronic sleeplessness… Marriages are dissolving in the fifty percent range and while that may have been a sign of hope thirty years ago when many marriages were simply ‘duty dances’ it is […]


A Positive Marriage-2

A Positive Marriage-2 in Marriage Conversation There are four things you’ll have to embrace if you want to wake up every morning with a positive experience of marriage. Before I give them to you, I’ll give a word of caution. Positive ain’t easy. Negative is. It’s easy to see what’s wrong with your marriage. It’s […]


A Positive Marriage

A Positive Marriage in Marriage Conversation There are four things you’ll have to embrace if you want to wake up every morning with a positive experience of marriage. Before I give them to you, I’ll offer a word of caution. Positive ain’t easy. Negative is. It’s easy to see what’s wrong with your marriage. It’s […]


A Marriage Strategy for Successful Communication

A Marriage Strategy for Successful Communication in Marriage Conversation Show don’t Tell When my wife recently challenged my purchase of a new laptop (top end with all the bells and whistles) with a “did we really need to spend that much? question, I saw a moment of opportunity. “Look” I said as I turned the […]


A Man’s Wedding

A Man’s Wedding in Marriage Conversation I walked briskly up the curved driveway of a beautiful Southern California home. Not a mansion, not a tract either. I rang the doorbell of a male friend, Frank, that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years, that is, since I was best man at his wedding. Our […]