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Beware the Transitional Man: 3 Signs He’s Not Relationship Ready

“When the transitional man comes a knockin’, don’t open the door, or your heart for that matter.” – Mitch Stecker   Spring is here, in full bloom. Well, unless you’re in the Midwest, where we go from 50 degrees to … Continue reading

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Dear Me: A Letter To My 16 Year Old Self

Dear Sasha, Happy Sweet Sixteen! I am writing to you, right now, to let you know that I am here for you. And wish you a Happy Birthday. You look beautiful. Yes, you do. Big Aqua Net hair and all. … Continue reading

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New DGPS Book Cover Revealed!

 

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The Story of Diary of the Dumped

And Why It’s Now the Precursor to The Dating GPS Four years ago, Anita and I were gathering ideas for the vision of The Dating GPS. We wanted to put together a book that had a two-fold goal: to help … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS: Summer Update

Summer time is here! While we are all aggressively basking in the great sun and enjoying the value of summer, Alex and Anita are also on a hot pursuit in aggressively connecting our book to the right publishing home for … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: The Skokie Review Interview

It’s funny how life turns out. One day you’re taking your ACT, the next you are sitting at your first cubicle and then, out of nowhere, you find yourself at a vortex of uncertainty. Chaos and confusion coupled with liberation … Continue reading

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Skokie: The Center of Our Universe

/ˈskoʊki/ So, what’s the big deal about Skokie, Illinois, really? What is it that makes Skokie such a mensch? Besides its name, believed to be related to the Algonquian word for fire, (which is pretty cool, considering Chicago means onion … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™, Skokie, Dave Tesnow and Us

How it all connects…

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Thank You, Skokie, IL.

We love Skokie. Over 20 years have gone by since we graduated Niles North and went our separate ways. We’ve lived in many different places across our nation and traveled the globe. Yet, somehow, no matter where we go, or … Continue reading

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Fathers Matter

Fathers matter. He’s your biological father, or the one who lovingly adopted you. He’s alive and well. Or maybe he’s ill. Maybe he’s in Heaven. Father figures also matter. He’s your father’s father who stepped up and into the respected … Continue reading

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Housewives, Bitches, Girls and Liars: Women Behaving Badly

Have you been reading, hearing and seeing the word curate more frequently lately? Seems like curate is the new it word when it comes to anything creative. If once, a curator curated an art gallery, these days, a selection of … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Men: Fifty Shades of Grey, Think Like a Man and The Avengers

We’ve noticed something. As Pop Culture aficionados, we’re seeing something great happening. Men are on the return. Once an almost diminished candle of characters, the spotlight is slowly and beautifully shining brighter and brighter, into a beautiful beacon. In books, … Continue reading

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Mothers

  “You’ll understand better when you’re a mom.” Did you ever hear that before having your first baby? I used to get frustrated, hearing moms say that to me. I’d feel offended, thinking, “Hey, I’m able to love like you, … Continue reading

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So… How’s The Book Coming Along?

That’s the number one question I’ve been asked by friends and acquaintances. To many, it probably seems like we should already have our book up on the shelves. It does feel like that, right? Let me tell you, there is … Continue reading

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From Slavery, Freedom. From Death, Rebirth. From Old, New.

April is a special month for us.  It marks the second year since the path of The Dating GPS™: Guys, Pricks and Sweethearts first began.  When we looked at the entire month of April on the calendar, we realized that this … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Frankie Doiron: Relationship Coach, Life Coach and Co-Author

A book on relationships demands the wisdom of an expert. True, we have experienced almost every myriad of the relationship adventure, but we also found it critical to invite and then include the guidance of a wise soul, one who … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Michael McDermott: Super Husband, Awesome Dad & Treasured Friend

It was the end of 2011, and Alex and I had secured 11 Male Panelists. We needed 12. I was meditating hard on the last man to provide the winning pitch, hitting the ball right out of the park with his … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons Why Men are Awesome by Guest Blogger Roni Sokol

If you’ve ever known a woman, you’ve probably heard her moan and groan at some point about at least one of the men in her life. That’s one of the things we do best as women–complain about men. Indeed, I do a lot of man … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Daniel Baxter: Bridge Engineer, Expert Musician and Total Mensch

Daniel Baxter is the friend everyone wants to have. He is kind, thoughtful, funny and incredibly loyal to the people who are wise enough to include Daniel in their social circle. Daniel and I first met back in January of … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Brian Lawton: Cool Cat, Class Act, And I Swear He’s Like The Old Spice Guy On A Horse.

The Dating GPS™ Male Panelist Brian Lawton (Photo: B. Lawton) In 2010 it was Super Bowl Sunday.  Steelers vs. Packers. Commercial time. I saw a man who stood in his towel by the shower, and he began to speak to me.  … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Johnny Daugherty: Bad Boy, Great Guy & Awesome Entertainer

There are men who are equipped with an ability to walk into a room and command the light to shine upon them, holding a magnetic confidence and a certain impressive social stature. A guy like this is not just the guy whom … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Chris Forillo: First Boss, Classmate and Best Friend

Once in a while you meet someone and know that person will be in your life forever. Other times, you have no idea that the person who signs your first paycheck will also be there to carry your heart, decade … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Sam Bassin: Musician, Chef & Bears Fan

My dear friend, Shana, called me this past Spring (2011). “Anita, oh, my god. I need to talk to you. I’m in love!” she beamed over the phone. “Oh my gosh, where do I begin? He’s tall, sexy, has this … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Chuck Vasalos: Raw Truth-Teller, Real Man & Recycling Guru

“Shh…,” I whispered to my curious daughter, as she watched me hunker down under her bedroom window. I was on a Special Ops mission. “Operation Recycle It” was under way. My husband told me that for the past few months, he’s … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Ben Lieblich: The Big Brother You Always Wanted

Ben and I met at a mutual friend’s party, about a year or two after I first arrived in Cleveland. He liked my Roots Rock t-shirt and, as soon as we began talking, we immediately recognized how much we had … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Mike Goulis: Actor, Lover, Mind Shaker

THIS                 IS               MIKE                           GOULIS. A man of mystery.  A man of wonder.  … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Omar Sotelo: Husband, Father and Soldier

I walked the halls of my high school back in the 80’s, going from one class to another, passing by all kinds of friends and acquaintances saying “Hi!” and smiling. Regardless of who they were, where they came from, what they did … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Satoshi Nagano: Our Businessman from Japan

Relationships are universal. From the ancient rituals of foreign lands to the dating websites of today, courtship and mating have crossed rivers, oceans, mountains and centuries. Some relationship quests even defined new geographical borders. In order to give you, our … Continue reading

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Dr. Zelana Montminy: Our Beauty Expert Revealed

Our relationship with beauty often drives our romantic relationships. The topic is sensitive, controversial and important. When Anita and I were discussing the content of the book, we both knew that including a narrative on beauty, a piece that we could … Continue reading

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The Dating GPS™ Introduces Male Panelist Dave Tesnow: A Teacher Who Matters

The picture you see is a picture of one of the world’s most influential gym teachers of all time: Dave Tesnow. Alex and I met ”Mr. Tesnow” back in the 1980’s as the daring, passionate, and caring physical education teacher that was ready … Continue reading

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Music, Mix Tapes & Relationships: U2 for Us Two

When I think about my favorite first dates, first kisses, first make-out sessions, first make-up attempts and last good-byes, there’s one thing most of these memories have in common: the song. Like your best friend, the right song can elevate … Continue reading

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The Men of the Prime Time Emmy Awards

Watching this year’s Emmy Awards I was reminded of how delicious, rich, tempting, honorable, odd and funny a man’s character can be. Mad Men. Men who travel in an Entourage. Men who cure in hospitals yet answer to a House. … Continue reading

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Tell Your Story!

Last year I was making my second vision board (don’t knock the VB; it works!) and came across the words “TELL YOUR STORY!” in a magazine I was thumbing through.  I realized, as I began to cut through the magazine’s page, that … Continue reading

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Anita’s Hour with Mad Man Jon Hamm

One day facebook tells me that I may know someone, via this little section called “People You May Know.” These are notices about friends who are friends with my friends. Or as the normal world would call it, mutual friends. … Continue reading

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Goddesses Lakshmi & Sarasvati, at The Cleveland Museum of Art

After the brief but meaningful trip to Chicago, childhood friend (and my first paycheck boss when we both worked at the Marshalls in Morton Grove) Chris Forillo and I braved the Sunday rain and drove back to Cleveland. Ok, Chris … Continue reading

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The Bagel, Old Orchard and Skokie, Illinois

  In 1995′s iconic film noir The Usual Suspects, Verbal Kint references “The barbershop quartet from Skokie, Illinois.” This one scene immortalized the place I called home during the formative years, also known as The 80′s. I have this theory … Continue reading

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Skokie, Lakewood and All That Marching Band Jazz

The weekend of May 21, 2011, Anita came to visit me in Lakewood, Ohio, a beautiful suburb with Cleveland proper bordering on the east, Lake Erie on the north. While Anita’s visit was brief, it was still memorable. By hitting … Continue reading

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Our Very First Face-to-Face Meeting at Nibbles’ Play Cafe

With the sky overcast in Chicagoland, the Monday was looking grim. However. The gloominess wouldn’t last too long. After a yummy breakfast at Walker Bros. with childhood friends Beth and Marina, Anita and I ventured to Nibbles’ Play Cafe, where … Continue reading

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Alex Braves to Rochester to Meet Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn

I’ve lived on three of America’s five Great Lakes: Michigan, Ontario and Erie. And, after all that Midwest and Mid-Atlantic residency, driving in any of these geographies during the winter months is as much fun as, say, doing your taxes … Continue reading

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It’s Happening!

You spend your life working, doing, progressing, sometimes in confidence, sometimes not. When you’re on track, the Universe conspires with you. The week of April 5, 2010 was one of those times for us. It was simply tremendous. Knowing that … Continue reading

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Alex & Anita Present…One Degree of Annabelle Gurwitch

This is the poster that we designed for Annabelle Gurwitch, who co-authored You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story, with her husband, Jeff Kahn. Anita presented Annabelle with it when the two first met in Chicago in … Continue reading

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Alex, Annabelle Gurwitch, and Joan Cusack, my FBF (Fairy Best Friend)

March, 2010: I pitch to Alex an idea I’ve had for a book. She loves it. We start brainstorming how we put this together. What’s the name of the book? The Skokie Project. No. Sounded too animal testy. Or too … Continue reading

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