Romance Lives On, Despite Alzheimer’s

I returned home from an extended business trip last night and, as I feared, I’m not sure my beloved Dad remembered me. As Alzheimer’s continues to slowly take over his brain, Daddy’s ability to remember key people in his life has been fading. But there are two people he still knows without fail. I guess I should say two souls really, because one is his dog, Jackson. The other is the love of his life, Patricia – my Mom. Dad …

3 Books to Swoon Over

Greetings, readers! And welcome to my new weekly blog about the thing I love most in this world (after Mr. Bethanne, of course): Books! If you’re as crazy as I am (though that might be difficult) about books and their authors, I hope you’ll enjoy hearing about some off-the-beaten-path reads. In honor of Valentine’s Day, each of these three is about…well, you’ll see! 1) Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them by Betsy Prioleau tries to answer that eternal question: …

Spend Less, Love More This Valentine’s Day

More Americans are apparently going to be saying amore for a-lesse this Valentine’s Day. According to a just-released survey by PriceGrabber.com, Americans are saying they plan to scale back their Valentine’s Day spending. While about half of those surveyed say they plan to spend about the same amount as last year, only 62 percent said they’ll spend up to $100 this Valentine’s Day, a decrease from 68 percent in 2012. And 55 percent said that the lackluster economy will indeed …

Travel Is the Best Aphrodisiac

In this new world of branding, my brand is as a sex, love and relationships expert. But within that ring of romanticism, my heart belongs squarely to romantic travel. I have just finished a manuscript with AARP called Perfect Places for Romance and Passion at Any Age and I previously worked with the same coauthor, Dr. Janet Lever, on the newly released Getaway Guide to a Great Sex Weekend. Once my love of romantic travel might have seemed a bit …

Love is a Song that Latinos Never Forget

I was recently watching the trailer of Chico y Rita, the only Spanish-language film nominated for an Oscar this year, and I heard a quote that had a strong impact on me: “Love is a song that you never forget.” For Latinos, love is exactly that: A feeling that permeates everything we do and is as indispensable as adding sugar to your morning coffee. St. Valentine’s should be an occasion to renew our commitments, maybe spice up relationships and discover …

Will Your Heart Survive Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is usually a time for flowers and candy, but according to MedlinePlus, it’s also a day when approximately 2,800 people-parents, aunts, friends, siblings, uncles, cousins, children and grandparents-will suffer a heart attack. Of these, nearly 1,400 will die-leaving a tragic trail of broken hearts. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, your chance of contributing to these grim statistics goes up.