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|[2007-02-06] Make this a Valentine Day she will never forget|
|Do you want to just meet your partner's expectations on Valentine's Day, or do you want to make this a Valentine's Day they will never forget?
Let's start by defining 'romance'. This may sound easy, but just ask a few different people and you'll get as many answers as the number of people you ask. Is it something to do with love? Is it togetherness and spending time together?
From myperspective, romanceis a celebration of the life you live together.Romance is not responsibility but it is truly caring about your responsibilities towards your lover and partner. Romance is the appreciation of [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Don't be a victim of dating services|
|Finding that special someone is not easy and, depending how you do it, not always safe and secure.
Single Mom Wendy Upton signed on with a Charlotte-based dating service called Christian Single’s Network. Upton hoped the site would help her dating life and help her meet new friends.
“I was married for 10 years and I just don’t know how to do this,” said Upton. “I’ve been on several of the Internet web sites and the thing that was really lacking was a social network of people.”
She paid almost $1,000 for a chance to meet Christian professionals and the opportunity to attend social events. [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Most Churches Encourage Christians To Date Each Other, But Few Offer Programs, Events|
|Carolyn Rehman rarely worries about finding others at James Madison University who share her Christian creed.Meeting a fellow believer who could become more than just a friend, Rehman concedes, might require a defter shot from Cupid’s bow.“It’s hard to find someone who has the same exact beliefs as yourself,” said Rehman, 19, a Lutheran and sophomore from Silver Spring, Md., majoring in hospitality and tourism management.Rehman and other Christian students at JMU usually spend one night a week at the Haas House on South Main Street for a session of faith and food: a 45-minute service followed [...] |
|[2007-02-06] The Multiple Petition Limit Math In The USCIS Regulation Of IMBRA Doesn't Add Up|
|One of the sections of the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act signed into law by President Bush on January 05, 2006.  Part of the law places a limit on the number of K-1 visa petitions a petitioner may file without a discretionary waiver from USCIS. The law does not apply to I-130 IR or CR-1 petitions. It applies to K-3 petitions in some respects and does not apply to them in others. (See the Aytes memorandum referred to later in the article.)In this article, I will point out that USCIS has misread the section of the law that deals with multiple petitions and it has made a basic a [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Love's a healthy thing|
|In February, a doctor's thoughts turn not just to love but to how love affects physical and emotional health.Phoenix physician Art Mollen, thoughts adrift as he swam laps one day recently, remembered a Mark Twain comment that love "is a condition of the heart for which there is no cure and for which the afflicted wishes none either."Love, Mollen says, is an irrational feeling, a hard-to-describe combination of passion, desire, respect and admiration for another. But it's far easier to explain as a health condition with specific symptoms.Question: How do you describe love in medical terms?Answe [...] |
|[2007-02-06] For most women, the choice between sex and a new wardrobe is simple -- they go for the clothes.|
|Women on average say they would be willing to give up sex for 15 months for a closet full of new apparel, with 2 percent ready to abstain from sex for three years in exchange for new duds, according to a new survey of about 1,000 women in 10 U.S. cities.
Sixty-one percent of women polled said it would be worse to lose their favorite article of clothing than give up sex for a month.
"Some people say clothes make the man, but the right clothes can even replace him," fashion designer, stylist and TV personality Carson Kressley from the reality TV show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" said in a [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Looking for love on all the right Web sites? Then look out for lies|
|If you're hoping for Cupid's online arrow, then watch out for tall stories and wide fabrications. Online daters, both men and women, usually fib about either their height or weight, and sometimes their age, according to a Cornell University communication researcher.
This study will be published in an upcoming Proceedings of Computer/Human Interaction (April 2007), an annual peer-reviewed journal, to be released this spring during a Computer/Human Interaction conference in San Jose, Calif.
Using a new method that measured the actual difference between profile information and reality, the st [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Do You Choose Abusive Parterners For Relationships?|
|It’s 2:30 a.m. and the attending nurse at the hospital asks you to make an incident report for your “new” injuries. She asks you about the bruising on the cheek bone and swollen eye. She asks you about the bruising to your ribs. She asserts the bruises look like the result of a repeated striking force to the body, very similar to intense blows caused from punches or kicks. You shake your head and look at your friend who holds your hand offering you a sense of refuge from the assaults of the world you live in. The nurse asks you if you’re sure the injuries were caused by falling down a flight o [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Avoid internet dating sites to meet the man or woman of their dreams, according to a new study|
|Valentine's Day is approaching, but those looking for truth and romance would be well advised to avoid internet dating sites to meet the man or woman of their dreams, according to a new study.
Researchers atCornell University found that online daters of both sexes on four popular dating sites often stretch the truth when it comes to disclosing their height, weight and age.
The study, to be published in the April edition of the scientific journal Proceedings of Computer/Human Interaction, found that men regularly overstated their height, while women understated their weight, said Jeffrey Hanc [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Monthly mood swings may help women to get pregnant|
|Monthly mood swings may help women to get pregnant, according to a new study.
A team of US scientists have discovered that fluctuations in levels of the female sex hormone oestrogen affect the responsiveness of the brain's "reward system", with a peak in the first part of the menstrual cycle.
This reward system dictates the amount of pleasure attained from various activities, whether it be from having sex or from eating chocolate. "Increased activity of the brain's reward system at this time could boost anticipation and enjoyment of sexual activity," said Dr Karen Berman of the US National I [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Why women are running out of men to marry|
|I was half asleep in the front seat the other day, coming back from some exhausting tour of an educational establishment, and in the back seat were two twentysomething female graduates. They were talking about men, so I tried to focus, while keeping my eyes cunningly half closed.
One of them made the eternal feminine complaint. "All men are useless these days," she said. "Yeah," said the other. "The trouble is that they haven't risen to the challenge of feminism. They don't understand that we need them to be more masculine, and instead they have just copped out."
I am afraid that, at this po [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Many foreing women to Korea to find their husbands have lied about age, finances|
|Daisy Nguyen - not her real name - had been working at a factory in Ho Chi Minh City since finishing middle school. At age 22, however, she came up with a new ambition. As the eldest daugher of four, she wanted to support her parents, who were impoverished farmers. One day, one of her colleagues told her about a matchmaking agency, adding that the agency specialized at marriage with Korean men. If she were to go to Korea, she would be able to overcome her family’s poverty, the friend said.
The two women visited the agency and registered. After a while, the agency contacted her and she met [...] |
|[2007-02-06] The high price of love|
|To marry for money or for love, this old question is taking on new meaning for Chinese youth in today's consumption saturated culture. A post entitled "Will you marry your boyfriend with no house or car?" at the popular portal website Tianya forum, has triggered a hot debate.
Posted last October, there were more than 18,000 visitors to the site, and more than 500 replies in just a couple of days. "It's a catch-22. If you're marrying for money, you feel like you're selling yourself. If you walk into a marriage for love, in five or 10 years, you will realize that love doesn't pay your house mo [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Are you afarid of dating web site?|
|On the net I met amazing people I probably would have never met elsewhere. The net offers us endless opportunities as far as age, location, profession and lifestyle. We're all in the same boat .
I first logged on to a dating site in 2001. It was a pretty basic site. Loading my photo was a bit of a challenge though I had no problem with the text.
A couple of days later, my inbox was full. It felt like work; having to answer all of the messages, remember who's who. I even kept a journal of my impressions of the conversations I had.
Recently I spoke to two good friends of mine whom I met onl [...] |
|[2007-02-06] Investments aren't the place to express romantic devotion|
|With Valentine's Day right around the corner, love is in the air. It's a time for new couples to bask in their newfound bliss and for those who've been together awhile longer to rekindle their feelings for each other. If you're among the single, it's a time either to seek out someone to share the holiday with or to celebrate your independence with a candlelight dinner for one.
When it comes to their portfolios, most investors have a love-hate relationship with the investments they choose. In most portfolios, you can see a lot of similarities with romantic relationships. Many investors have pa [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Internet Dating Participants Annoyed by Many Odd Responses|
|Millions of singles are using the Internet to find romance but there is a little-known downside: managing strange responses to online dating profiles. A new website, Weird Dating Mail (), publishes the odd, inappropriate and wacky emails which typically find their way into the inboxes of singles involved in online dating websites. Weird Dating Mail creates community around this solitary and unavoidable aspect of the modern courtship ritual, relieving frustration and offering entertainment and comic relief.
Joan Conde, publisher of Weird Dating Mail, says, "When I posted some of my own weir [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Speed daters converge on the Melting Pot for six-minute "auditions'' that could change their lives.|
|Craig Rosner is a pro when it comes to dating.
But 17 in one night?
He's speed dating, of course.
"It's a good alternative to the bar scene," said the 41-year-old pharmaceutical sales rep. "It's nonintimidating, there's no rejection and no guessing. Everybody's here to meet someone."
Dozens of like-minded Jewish professionals tried their luck Wednesday night at the Melting Pot in Carrollwood. Hosted by Cupid.com, it was a game of romantic musical chairs, with each "date" lasting six minutes.
"Six minutes is enough time to decide if you want to see this person again," said Sundrea Ryan, a [...] |
|[2007-02-05] In today's Web-based society, online dating has evolved to just one more place to meet that special someone.|
|When Diane Weld logged onto the Internet five years ago, she wasn't looking for love.
But she did find a friend in Englishman Andi Blount.
Now, the couple are engaged and plan to wed in April.
"We just never really lost contact over the years," Weld said. "You know when you meet that special person you're supposed to be with."
Romances that begin in cyberspace are increasing in popularity. A horde of Web sites exist solely for the purpose of bringing two people together.
So what is the advantage of looking for love online?
"It widens your network of potential romantic interests," s [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Love can be blind to warning signs unless you're prepared|
Boy meets girl.
Girl likes boy.
Boy likes girl. The relationship moves along until one day one of them pops the question:
Should we see a counsellor about getting engaged?
It might seem a tad over-cautious to invite a counsellor into the discussion over whether to get engaged, but Glenda Pryce, who holds a master's degree in social work and counsels through Island Pastoral Services, says that the high divorce rate is driving up couples' awareness that living "happily ever after" is a dream that takes work.
And, she says, it's easier to help a couple learn the skills needed i [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Love-seeking Indians head online|
By Sanjoy Majumder BBC News, Bangalore
India's rapidly growing economy has led to a transformation in the lives of its middle-class - but how well have the country's long-standing traditions stood the pace of change?
The city of Bangalore is India's Silicon Valley, home of the country's booming IT industry and employing hundreds of thousands of young Indian graduates from across the country.
It is one reason why it is also India's most cosmopolitan city, a buzzing metropolis dotted with bars, cafes, trendy restaurants and glitzy shopping malls. But scratch under the surface and you [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Love over the Internet|
|I met Peter in the excite.com personals. I was 19, in college, and we'd just discovered messenger, Napster and online dating. His profile said he wanted a travel companion, I wanted to travel, and we started writing to each other.
Months later, we met in the Cayman Islands, me, for the first time meeting this American man, who I only knew over the Internet and through phonecalls. He turned out not to be a freak, a nut or anyone with perverted tendencies. He was a normal man who liked my writing and I liked his music. Today I have a place to stay if I'm ever visiting California.
I met Gary wh [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Relationships don't offer easy choices for singles over 50|
|The sudden realization that 51 percent of American women are living without a spouse has demographers, statisticians and politicians pondering the whys and what ifs.
Surely these unwed women are the career-focused – see Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."
"Why should a woman who does a man's job expect to have a man on her arm?" asks one study.
But no! The unwed dames come from the lower classes, the uneducated who once strived to "marry up" but now are doomed to a spinsterhood or divorced lifestyle because they didn't go to college, says another.
Too many warmed-over conclusions from [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Trends in Online Dating Sites|
|The holiday season is supposed to be a time when people come together. But for lonely singles, it can also highlight the fact that they are, well, lonely and single. Whether it’s for a New Years date, a resolution to finally find a soul mate, or even pressure from family to settle down, online dating services see a ramping up of activity, starting around Christmas. How does this trend look, and what does it mean for the big players in the industry?
The chart below ranks online dating services by member activity, which was described in more detail last month. The site rankings are relatively u [...] |
|[2007-02-05] The truth about single women|
|Not too long ago, a New York Times article touched off a skirmish between the sexes by announcing that slightly more than half of American women were not living with spouses - implying they were single.
Thousands of people commented through the Times Web site and on blogs, many of them admonishing today's women for being "selfish," others celebrating us for being "independent." Accusations of man-hating flew.
But the real reason for the excess number of single women has less to do with any female disillusionment with marriage than with a population imbalance rooted in our evolutionary past.
|[2007-02-05] The guys weigh in on the increase in older single women.|
|Gentlemen, gentlemen, cool your engines.
The statistic that 51 percent of American women are living without a spouse does not attack your manhood.
After all, sex and marriage has become so 20th century. People magazine sizzles with unwed beddings.
But something about my column last week saying marriage is becoming optional for women 50-plus rattled the male egos around here.
I received blasting e-mails and calls from seven guys.
Now, that doesn't compare with the "right on, gal!" responses from more than two dozen women, of course. These women are not against marriage. Most have been ther [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Young women comfortable with being single|
|Embracing singledom as a lifestyle choice rather than a consequence, today's twentysomethings don't worry about ticking biological clocks and finding Mr. Right, according to a recent survey from JWT, an advertising agency. Nearly two-thirds of women surveyed across nine countries say it's not unusual for women to stay single into their 30s, and most think that a woman can feel comfortable with her singlehood for nine years longer than she could 20 years ago. Almost one-third plan on postponing childbirth until her 30s, while more than a quarter said they have no problem raising children withou [...] |
|[2007-02-05] Russia changed the rules for registering visa's - again.|
|Thinking of jetting up to St. Petersburg for a week to see White Nights this summer? If you're a foreigner and you want to spare your employer from a possible $30,000 fine, you'd better make sure the government knows you're leaving town.
According to a new law that came into effect Jan. 15, foreigners are now required to hand over their registration papers to migration officials -- via their employer or other sponsor -- every time they leave the country and re-register upon subsequent entry into the country.
But the law is steeped in vagaries. Visa agencies say foreigners could incur heavy f [...] |
|[2007-02-03] Serial bride Emma Golightly, 22, was given two years' jail yesterday after more than 100 offences in an 18-month web of deceit.|
|A CONWOMAN who tried to fleece a string of lovers out of over £250,000 attempted to dupe another even while on trial, it emerged yesterday.
Serial bride Emma Golightly, 22, was given two years' jail yesterday after more than 100 offences in an 18-month web of deceit.
Yet in between court appearances for swindling five victims, the brazen liar was lining up No6 after meeting him on a dating site.
She made the 30-year-old fall for her and fibbed that her family was rich but she was mourning her mum's cancer death.
The man, too embarrassed to give his name, said: "She said I was her [...] |
|[2007-02-03] Risk of Office Romance|
|She regularly sees her handsome coworker at the coffee pot. In fact, she has started drinking more coffee just to increase her chances of an encounter. He occasionally sees her in meetings and tries not to stare. They both know there is a spark between them, but they have been trying to act professionally and ignore it. They are definitely interested in a romantic relationship, but they both value their careers. Should they take the chance for romance?
As an HR professional, you are probably saying "No!" with conviction. However, a recent survey by Spherion Corporation found that 39 percent [...] |
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