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Love Essentially
is Jackie Pilossoph's dating and relationships column, published weekly in Better Magazine
(previously in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

THE THINGS PRINCE DID FOR THE WOMEN HE LOVED
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By Jackie Pilossoph, April 27, 2016

Although I was a huge Prince fan during the 1980s, he sort of dropped off my radar after his "Purple Rain" album and movie, with the exception of his bizarre name change – The Artist (Formerly Known As Prince) – and his Super Bowl performance in 2007, which I thought was amazing.

So when I heard about Prince's death, I was extremely curious to learn more about him. This led to my viewing of several Prince documentaries and reading countless articles online, where I learned a lot.

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HOW EASILY DO YOU FORGIVE?
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By Jackie Pilossoph, April 21, 2016

I'm a little embarrassed to confess that I love the HBO series "Girls," given that the highly provocative comedy about four 20-something girlfriends living, working and dating in New York City offers jaw dropping sex scenes, infuriatingly flawed characters and storylines that are similar to watching a car crash.

That said, the recent season finale caused me to think about something that is truly significant in romantic relationships: forgiveness.

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MEN AND WOMEN – POLAR OPPOSITES WHEN TALKING LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS
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By Jackie Pilossoph, April 14, 2016

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of sitting on the panel of experts for "The Great Love Debate," a national touring show that had a Chicago stop at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Lincoln Park.

Facilitated by the show's host and producer, Brian Howie, along with four other panelists, a crowd of men and women discussed and debated dating, relationships and love. To say there were a few noteworthy differences in the way men and women viewed things is putting it mildly.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR SPOUSE GRIEVE THE LOSS OF A PARENT
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By Jackie Pilossoph, April 6, 2016

Romantic relationships are so much easier when everything in life is going great. But what happens when tragedy strikes your partner and his or her world is turned upside down?

I'm referring to the death of a spouse's parent. The devastation and other intense emotions someone feels when losing their mom, their dad or a sibling can cause a lot of stress in a marriage, especially if the spouse doesn't know how to help.

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