Dr. Pepper Schwartz, author of “The Normal Bar” — Nov. 19, 2013

PepperSchwartz[1] - croppedThe very prolific (17 books under her belt) and wise Dr. Pepper Schwartz spoke about “The Normal Bar — The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal about Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship.”  With her co-authors, she collected data from more than 70,000 people around the world. You may go to www.theNormalBar.com to contribute to the ongoing online survey. This is a fascinating book on women, men, sex, and love – a compendium offering data as well as superb advice. For example, did you know that among all couples who’ve been together 10 or more years, more than half say they longer hold hands? It’s never too late to start holding hands, and it can even help settle arguments! Sadly, or so we all thought, 33% of respondents said they rarely or never have sex. There are suggestions to jump-start a sexual relationship. It’s not surprising that “The Normal Bar” is already on the best seller list. Please listen to the show, and buy this enlightening book…Your relationship will benefit enormously!

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Dr. Richard Wagner, author of “The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying” — Nov. 11, 2013

Richard Wagner book cover - front only - CopyDr. Richard Wagner returned to the program – and we discussed more about his life-changing book “The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying: Enhancing the End of Life.”  Profound questions were explored: What is important in life? And, how important is sexuality in your life? If I had six months to live, what might I be doing differently? What are some intimate/sexual techniques for folks who are dying – as well as for the rest of us? What should someone do who does not have a partner?

Answers were given. Many are touch deprived. Giving permission is essential. There are women who have to give to feel alive. What about two elderly women providing intimate touch for each other? Spoon breathing and guided hand touch for everyone was explained. Living a good death can help when facing one’s own mortality. These two programs provide an opportunity to break free from the painful silence our culture imposes on death talk.

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Dr. Richard Wagner, author of “The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying” — Nov. 5, 2013

Richard Wagner book cover - front only - CopyRichard Wagner Ph.D. is the author of The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying: Enhancing the End of Life. How can we not admire his fearless approach to go into territory most consider taboo and awkward? Dr. Diana, and Dr. Richard, a former Catholic Priest and a current sexologist, explored the many profound issues surrounding the end of life…Living well and dying well are one and the same thing. In fact, if you are paranoid in life, will you be paranoid when you’re dying? Probably. Yet, with this book – where readers become part of an on-line page support group – it’s possible to work through complicated personal issues before one’s death. You may be inspired to discuss concerns with significant others, loved ones. In Part 2 next week, Dr. Richard will further explain his Chapter 6 where Dr. Cheryl Cohen Greene – the famous surrogate on whose life story the film “THE SESSIONS” was based – will address sexuality and intimacy.



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Howie Gordon, author of “Hindsight” — Oct. 29, 2013

Porn_Barnstar_Hires -- smallHowie Gordon, a.k.a. Richard Pacheco, returned for Part 2. He and Dr. Diana discussed more in “HINDSIGHT.” Did his films educate men to please women? What kind of closure did he get as a result of the WORLD PORNOGRAPHY CONFERENCE – where Betty Dodson and Nina Hartley played significant roles?  Here is a part of his talk at this conference: “People were all uptight about sex, but there was no reason to be! We were like noble rogues in some divinely human struggle to make life in a body easier. It was important work! My generation tried to make lust respectable!” We discussed Howie’s life post-porn – including the documentary “After Porn Ends.” Howie and Nina have important messages here. At the end, we discussed a final chapter which looks at his 14-year-old first love, Sally. There was “forty-four years of foreplay.” Of this experience, Howie writes, “Life gave us a pass. We were the fourteen-year-old kids again. Only this time, we were not afraid of sexual pleasure. We had the benefit of knowledge and appreciation. There was no fear and there was no shame. There was consummation. There was completion.”  What a way to end this program!

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Howie Gordon, author of “Hindsight” — Oct. 22, 2013

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Love, Lust & Laughter Radio Interview — Oct. 22, 2013.

Howie Gordon, a.k.a Richard Pacheco, has written a fascinating and illuminating memoir: HINDSIGHT: True Love & Mischief in The Golden Age of Porn. The book’s foreword is by his friend Whoopi Goldberg. Dr. Diana and Howie discussed how his failures became his successes, how he tackled rejection head-on! We also talked about the psychology of porn, the deeper meanings of his work, and some of his favorite actresses. There is so much material; thank goodness Howie will return next week for Part 2! Meantime, look for his outstanding book at BearManor Media or on Amazon.com.

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Brad Coates, author of “Divorce With Decency” — Oct. 15, 2013

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Love, Lust & Laughter Radio Interview, Oct. 15, 2013

Bradley Coates, Esq. returned to the program. He is the author of the award-winning 4th Edition of “Divorce with Decency – The Complete How To Handbook and Survivor’s Guide to the Legal, Emotional, Economic, and Social Issues.”  The topic we discussed was the 7 MegaTrends of the New Millennium – which include the women’s movement, cohabitation, the impact of social media and the internet, the proliferation of porn, civil unions, “gray” divorces, and the possible “end of marriage.” Brad is articulate and has a sense of humor…He’ll be back for sure! Meantime, you can get his excellent book on amazon.com.

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