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Compass FYI Marriage Woes Speed Racer Although it’s not so practical for Miami, but if you’re thinking of visiting colder climes for a last chance at some winter fun, this one is a must- have. Of course the designers who bring you some of the world’s fastest cars would also be behind the ultimate sled. The Porsche Bobsleigh design is drawn from professional racing sleds, combining speed with excellent steering. It’s the ultimate in good, old-fashioned fun; Porsche.com. Smile Maker High-quality dark chocolate can subtly enhance your mood. The chocolate experts at TCHO want to make sure you get your daily dose. They’ve created these tasty little morsels to help you out. The lovely bites of ultra-high quality dark chocolate come in TCHO’s Nutty, Fruity, Chocolatey or Citrus designations; $20 for 30- day supply; TCHO.com. It happens all the time. Couples come to see me with a sense of emptiness and disappointment that their marriage is no longer the way it use to be. It takes a lot of work to keep a marriage happy. Marriages go through phases and they are tested all the time. Think of marriage as a recipe. This recipe needs ingredients to either spice it up a notch or sweeten it up a bit. It all depends on the personalities of the spouses. I get husbands looking for more attention, love or romance and wives who need the same — but the problem is they don’t communicate how they want the attention, love or romance. They wait to see who makes the first move. Time goes by and the marriage begins to fall apart; they begin to distance themselves. Romance begins to happen but not in the marriage. Problems escalate. That’s when “we” come up with the ingredients they need to stay together. I give ideas…husbands are often clueless; wives are often hopeless. I never give up on my clients. I can tell when a couple truly loves each other and wants to save their marriage. Marriages can be fixed. They simply can get unstuck by: • Better communication • Not sweating the small stuff • Doing more of what brought you together • Prioritizing marriage as #1 when in crisis • Working as a team • Spending more time together • Doing more of what makes the other person happy So if you’re ever stuck, I highly recommend you do something about it right away. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to repair your marriage. Lisette Beraja › Licensed Marriage is a & Psychotherapist, Family Therapist and Founder of Beraja Counseling Center. For more than 10 years, she’s provided guidance and counseling to individuals, families and couples. She’s also a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator & Parenting Coordinator. For more, call 305.858.7763 or visit BerajaCounseling.com. Dangerous Commas “I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.” — Mother Teresa 24 Spell Check! Poor Speller Commas that serve no actual grammatical purpose, but make whatever you’re saying sound extremely dramatic. Sort of, the way, William Shatner delivers all of his, lines in every episode of Star Trek. Proud of your lighting-fast texting abilities? Careful — built-in spelling correctors in many smart phones will happily swap your words up, with potentially awkward results. Crotch for couch, anyone? The most commonly misspelled word in the English language is “separate,” according to a recent study, thanks to writers frequently switching the first “a” for an “e” Next on the list was the word “definite.”