Francine & Byron’s regular SmartLoving Column

Romance and Mystery

One of the things that makes a new romance so exciting and attractive is the element of uncertainty: Is this person really interested in me? Will this person really be the

Romance and Mystery2020-02-21T14:21:31+11:00

Marriage on Fire

At the time of writing fires are still blazing across the Australian landscape with many tragedies of life and property lost. Even if not directly impacted, many of us have friends,

Marriage on Fire2020-02-06T09:28:39+11:00

Retired, Extremely Dangerous

A few weeks ago, we watched the action comedy R.E.D. featuring Bruce Willis as retired black ops agent whose peaceful retirement is disrupted by a CIA order to eliminate him. The

Retired, Extremely Dangerous2019-12-13T16:11:23+11:00

Business lessons for marriage

Byron’s life-long career has been as an advisor to large companies on their strategic directions. As an outsider to the company trying to help its leaders make difficult decisions on their business

Business lessons for marriage2019-11-15T09:58:42+11:00

Programmed for love or for trouble?

We were recently hosted overnight in the country home of friends. It was a beautiful experience in every way. Our hosts greeted us with warmth, housed us in a tastefully appointed bedroom

Programmed for love or for trouble?2019-11-06T11:05:04+11:00

Marriage is not a Partnership

Housework: It’s often a topic of debate among couples, and truth be told, we’ve had our own dramas in this area over the years. We have very different values and expressions

Marriage is not a Partnership2019-10-18T17:18:09+11:00

Seven Habits of Effective Communicators

Almost everyone agrees that communication – good communication – is essential to successful relationships. But what constitutes ‘good’ communication? The answer to that all depends on our goals, which will be

Seven Habits of Effective Communicators2019-10-08T13:45:52+11:00

Attention Deficit Marriages

True confession: some evenings you’ll find us sitting on the couch with the TV playing and us both on our laptops or other individual devices. We know; it’s not particularly noble

Attention Deficit Marriages2019-09-20T10:07:17+10:00

The Fine Print

It’s important to read the fine print before you sign on a dotted line and marriage in the Catholic Church is no different. Matrimony is more than just getting married in a church; in

The Fine Print2020-01-08T22:20:29+11:00

It’s all about me…not!

We were at our local Italian pizzeria last week for a date night. Truthfully, we really would have preferred to stay home as it was cold and windy, and we had

It’s all about me…not!2019-08-23T13:34:00+10:00