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Jane Austen’s Principles of Good Conversation

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Jane Austen as painted by her sister, Cassandra

Jane Austen as painted by her sister, Cassandra

In the novels of Jane Austen, being able to carry on a pleasant conversation is a mark of a virtuous character. (Although not a sufficient one—the villainous Misters Willoughby and Wickham are enchanting conversationalists.) But most of the best conversations in her novels—and in our own, twenty-first century lives—assume the same six principles, all of which stem from intelligence and thoughtfulness. By following these principles we not only make conversations more enjoyable, we can also become better, wiser people. Read the rest of this entry

How to Talk to Your Husband about Sex

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Being great women and wives means focusing on who we are as whole people—not thinking about ourselves as sex objects or allowing ourselves to be used as sex objects by men. But it has taken me a long time to learn that it also means accepting our sexuality and sharing it with our husbands. Good communication is part of sharing our sexuality and a vital part of healthy sexual relationships. Read the rest of this entry