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Things to Talk About: 13 Topics Children Wish Their Fathers Brought Up

Posted On: November 18, 2019

We all know that our children do not tell us everything.  This article focuses on what adult children wish their fathers would have brought up before it was too late.  Fathers, for reasons of doubt, awkwardness or simply lack of words don’t broach certain subjects. 

Many times things left unsaid can create voids later in life.  Some topics may seem more important than others.  Political affiliations and positions for one, but issues regarding divorce become interesting.  Since so many marriages, more than 50%, end up in divorce, it is quite often the case that one’s child at some time may be facing a divorce.  Although uncomfortable to talk about, sometimes parents can be of aid and support to their children going through their own divorce by sharing their experiences.

Sharing history of family, good or bad, is important, because once we are gone, our children may have no way of retrieving that knowledge other than what we share with them.  Discussing our personal health issues, experience and family medical health history is important as well.  These are just some of the items touched upon by this article that are not only of interest but important.

Selected excerpt(s), photo and linked article courtesy of Matt Christensen, Fatherly

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Nearly Half of LGBTQ Americans Haven't Come Out at Work

Posted On: November 11, 2019

Most people are unaware that discrimination in employment is not protected unless it comes under a clearly defined class protected by law.  Employment in New York as in most states, is “at will”.  Therefore you can be fired at any time for any reason.  Although these issues have recently been argued before the Supreme Court, no decision has been made as to whether the LGBTQ community will be protected.  As this article demonstrates, many people, more than 50%, are not out in their workplace for fear that they may lose their job. Many people also experience discrimination and intolerable treatment from co-workers.

Selected excerpt(s), linked article and/or photo courtesy by Julia Carpenter, CNN Business

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Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation Conforming Law to Marriage Equality Act

Posted On: November 04, 2019

The Marriage Equality Act was signed into Law in New York which has now given the LGBTQ Community the Marriage Equality and Dignity and Respect it deserves by recognizing same sex couples in all areas of Law in the State of New York.  The Estates, Powers and Trust Laws and the Surrogate Court Procedure now must comply and recognize same sex couples.  This is wonderful news for our community!

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Olivia Jaquith WENY News.

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Where to See Western New York's Most Vibrant Fall Colors

Posted On: October 29, 2019

It’s not too late to catch the best of the fall foliage. If you're looking to fill your weekend with autumn's vibrant colors, here are a few places to try.

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31 Photos of Vintage Celebrities on Their Wedding Day

Posted On: October 23, 2019

Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and other stars say "I do."

The public is very interested in the lives of celebrities. Here are some vintage photos of marriages. Just like main stream America, divorce is also a high reality. Is it higher for celebs? Are people more interested in the marriage or their highly publicized break ups? One thing for sure is that celebs have smartened up, and to help keep their break ups private, they are using alternative methods like collaborative divorce and “uncoupling” to resolve their divorce issues.

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Alex Aronson, Redbook.  Selected photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Victim Advocacy 101: Domestic Violence Training for Professionals

Posted On: October 22, 2019

Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professions & Long Island Against Domestic Violence Present:

Victim Advocacy 101: Domestic Violence Training for Professionals

A FREE training designed to explore the nuances of intimate partner violence, recognizing potential victims, and providing community resources.

Friday, November 1, 2019
12:30pm - 2pm
Butterfield's Restaurant @ 661 Old Willits Path, Hauppauge

Please RSVP to e.vaz@vazlaw.com

Lunch will be available for purchase

Concetta Spirio.  A Compassionate Collaborative Divorce Attorney, Mediator & Peacemaker Providing The Highest Level of Legal Representation For Over 32 Years.

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Marriage Advice: 10 Relationship Skills All Husbands and Wives Need to Master

Posted On: October 16, 2019

Relationship skills like any other skills need to be developed and honed overtime.

Some things that all couples can get better at is showing appreciation and validation. Showing appreciation in small but obvious ways sometimes has the biggest effect...simply being available and present to actually listen and be supportive when you partner has a problem. It's important to not give advice unless you confirm that is what your partner wants or needs. Many times they only need to be heard, not told how to handle things.

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Fatherly.  Selected photo courtesy of Flickr/Mo Riza.

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LGBTQ Monuments Around the World

Posted On: October 08, 2019

I love this article on where to find meaningful LGBTQ Monuments Around the World.

I personally know some...this is a fabulous guide!  I am also looking forward and proud that NYC has announced it will be erecting the Johnson-Rivera monument in 2021, which will stand as the world’s first permanent public artwork dedicated to transgender women.

Public memorials honoring figures from the LGBTQ community say a lot about a city’s culture.

Selected excerpt(s) and linked article courtesy of Kelsy Chauvin, Afar.  Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.


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