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Marilyn Graman & Maureen Walsh

- About the Book

A Guide to Having the Love You Desire

by Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh
with Hillary Wells
Published by Life Works Books

How to Be Cherished is the third book by authors Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh, co-founders of Life Works, a Greenwich Village firm that helps women create fulfilling lives, including finding the men of their dreams and keeping the love alive through the challenges of cohabitation. How to Be Cherished is based on a seminar of the same name taught at Life Works.

After the bloom is off the romance, many women live their lives between a rock (an island of loneliness) and a hard place (their man). Life Works is often their last step before heading out the door -- through separation, divorce, or an affair. Yet Life Works has not only saved marriages -- they've shown women how to be cherished by their men, how to be desired as though the relationship were a new bud ripe with promise.

For many women, the heart has become a closed room, shut off in self-defense. Chapter by chapter, Graman and Walsh show readers how to open that door again -- ten degrees at first, then wider and wider -- until there is enough room to hold the man you have -- the whole man, his good parts and his bad parts. When that happens, most men respond in kind, opening their hearts to you, treating you with tenderness and affection, anticipating your needs and keeping their promises.

In short, the answer to having the love you desire is not in this book -- or any book -- or any other man; it's in yourself, in your heart, which waits to be warmed and wakened. How to Be Cherished shows you how to access the love you want. Some of the secrets revealed in this practical guidebook and illustrated with the stories of real women overcoming the obstacles to lasting love are:

  • Knowing your power. Like it or not, women control the relationship. It is within your power to change the direction things are going. Knowing you are powerful gives you confidence. And confidence is sexy. It's your responsibility to build the relationship you want, and it's within your power to do so.


  • Owing your part. The most difficult words in the English language are, "I'm sorry." But you have to say them. Forgive yourself first. Then forgive your man -- or forget him. Which would you rather hold onto at night: your anger or your man?


  • Put yourself in your man's shoes. Put yourself in his heart. When he tries to give you what you want, do you criticize his fumbling efforts, or gently steer him in the right direction? If you feel unappreciated, chances are he does, too. The minute you start to appreciate him, he'll reciprocate like ringing a bell.


  • Learn from your man. He is simpler than you are, more lighthearted and less contemplative, more straightforward and less curvaceous, more impulsive and less thoughtful. There are things he can teach you about living in the present instead of dwelling on the past.

Intended for women in all stages of relationship, How to Be Cherished offers a new model for relationships by recognizing women's intrinsic power and revealing the deep desire men have to please their partners.


Copyright ©2004 by Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the content is not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank you.


- Excerpt


A Guide to Having the Love You Desire

Marilyn Graman & Maureen Walsh
(Life Works Books, 2004)


If you've been disappointed on Valentine's Days past, and you don't want to repeat the experience this year, these clever tips will help insure a fabulous day and help keep a bad Valentine's Day experience from souring your relationship.

This article is written by two relationship experts, Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh, proprietors of Life Works in Greenwich Village, which offers a popular series of seminars that help women and men find each other and build satisfying, long-lasting relationships.

The article covers such topics as clever ways to tell your lover exactly what you'd like this Valentine's Day without being pushy; how to enlist the support of helpers; how to handle money issues; making back-up plans; and how to gracefully deal with a disappointing gift. Valentine's Day is on a Saturday this year, so there's a great opportunity to rescue a day that looks like it's headed for disaster.

Graman and Walsh are co-authors of the new book, How to Be Cherished: A Guide to Having the Love You Desire, just published by Life Works Books. More information about the authors and the book follows the article. Heartfelt wishes for everything you desire this Valentine's Day!

Ten Tips for Avoiding Valentine's Day Disasters

How to Get What You Want on Valentine's Day...
And What To Do If You Don't

by Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh

At first glance Valentine's Day is a cushiony, pink, red and white landscape of hearts and flowers. But arrow-pocked veterans of this Feb. 14 terrain know it's pitted with romance-shattering mine fields. Help navigating this shifty territory is here.

Your man is not a mind reader. You are a complicated person who can be difficult to read and even harder to please. What you want right now may not be what you wanted yesterday -- or even five minutes ago. Your man's needs, however, probably haven't changed a whole lot since you met him. It's likely he is less complicated than you are, and this makes him easier to please.

Imagine trying to make yourself happy from his perspective. He often feels stumped when faced with your shifting needs. Your man wants you to be happy. In all likelihood, when you are clear, calm, and loving in your request, he will give you want you want. Then you will be happy, and he will feel like a hero for being able to make you happy. What is more romantic than that?

Tip #1
If you're too subtle, you're asking for trouble.

Women are much better at verbal communication than men. You think you're dropping hints, but he's hearing... nothing. You have to be more obvious with a man than you would with a woman. Tell him about a store where you saw "these beautiful white pearl earrings." He needs clues about color, size, shape and where to buy. Dog-ear catalog pages or circle ads in newspapers and magazines then put them someplace where he can't help seeing them (nightstand, fridge, coffee table, car).

Tip #2
Show consideration for his money situation.

Men tend to value gifts by the amount spent, whereas women value the thought behind the present. He will spend $100 for a dinner and feel like a hero when you would've been more satisfied with $20 takeout and cozy candlelight at home. Or he might think it's ridiculous to spend $100 on roses, and you wish he'd be a little extravagant just once for you. Try your best to take money out of the equation by suggesting ideas that match his budget. Mention an article you read about how Valentine's Day flowers cost far less if ordered a week in advance. "A trick my husband and I started using years ago," notes How To Be Cherished co- author Maureen Walsh, "is to go out to dinner the night before Valentine's Day. That way we miss the high-priced Valentine's dinner packages and enjoy a romantic night at home."

Tip #3
Enlist the support of Cupid's helpers.

You probably have a favorite jewelry store, local florist, bakery, clothing store. Tell the clerks what you're hoping to get for Valentine's Day, and ask them to be on the lookout for your man. You might drag your man along window- shopping one day, so the clerks get a good look at him. When he shows up on Valentine's Day, they'll know what you like and can steer him in the right direction. You might also recruit your siblings or parents, or his siblings or parents, or mutual friends, in case he should ask, "What should I get her for Valentine's Day?" Or his Mom or best friend could do the asking: "So, what are you two doing for Valentine's Day?" -- and then suggest something if he appears clueless.

Tip #4
Make room for intimacy.

Valentine's Day is loaded with expectations about romance (her) and sex (him). If your sex is usually better in the morning, you might want to get up early and set the stage for a terrific day. Or at least give him something to think about during the day. If late-night sex is often a problem (because of fatigue or too much food or drink) you might suggest late dinner reservations, then sneak in a little romance before going out.

Tip #5
Capitalize on Valentine's Day being an all-day affair.

Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday in 2004, which means it removes the work issue for many people and allows extended last-minute shopping in case your man is challenged by getting a gift more than 24 hours in advance. It also leaves you more time for setting morning fires to better put him in the mood to come through later in the day. Relax and enjoy being adored. You have something to do with being cherished!

Tip #6
Have a backup plan in case he has no plan.

Make dinner reservations but don't tell him. You can always cancel if he takes care of it. Book a babysitter so if he doesn't take you out, you can take him out. Have something in mind in case he asks, "What do you want to do for Valentine's Day?" Make sure you have the makings of a fabulous impromptu dinner in the fridge -- champagne and shrimp, for example -- in case going out for dinner starts feeling like a bad plan. Buy two gifts for him -- a simple one and an extravagant one; give him the one that matches the mood and return the other, or save it for his birthday.

Tip #7
Don't read too much into the gifts he gives.

Many women like to gift-shop, many men don't. Gifts mean more to women than men. For women, gifts are highly symbolic of how well their man understands them. Because of this, men often feel that gifting is a trap where they're damned if they do and damned if they don't. Their experience is that women are often disappointed by the gifts they give. So try to remember on Valentine's Day that the wrong gift doesn't mean he doesn't love you. It means he doesn't do gifting well, and needs more coaching and practice.

Tip #8
Give him what you want to receive.

Women place great emphasis on not only the gift but also its timing and presentation. If you want a fancily wrapped gift and a big card first thing in the morning so you'll know you are loved all day, then have them for him when he wakes up. If you want lingerie, then give him satin boxers and he'll figure out you are looking for some intimate time, too. He'll know what you are looking for and feel relieved, delighted and loved. And hopefully next year he'll show the style and sensitivity you'd like on Valentine's Day.

Tip #9
Adjust expectations for next year.

If he doesn't get you flowers buy a dozen for yourself after Valentine's Day. They'll cost a third as much and he'll see the size and color he might get for you next year. Just don't make him feel bad. Tell him you couldn't resist the sale. He'll get the message.

Tip #10
Be gracious about "wrong" gifts.

Don't pout. He loves you. He's trying. Few things crush a man's ego as much as disappointing a woman with a gift. And take some responsibility for leaving him clueless. How could you have helped him? How can you be more pleaseable? Don't return the gift the next day. Don't ask for a receipt unless he suggests it. Leave the gift in plain view for a few days, then move it out of sight for a few more, then either return it or give it away. Remember he was trying to please you and if he didn't, you have some work to do.

Copyright ©2004 by Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the content is not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank you.

About the Authors

Marilyn Graman, a psychotherapist since 1978, has a thriving practice in Greenwich Village. A graduate of Queens College with a Masters degree in early childhood education from City University, Marilyn says she learned most of what she knows about human nature in her 12 years as a kindergarten teacher in New York City.

Well known for her popular workshop, "Having What You Want With A Man" (featured in The New York Times, Glamour and Elle magazines), Marilyn has developed curriculums for numerous courses for both women and men to support the process of living a life of meaning and fulfillment. She created most of the curriculum at Life Works, which she co- founded with Maureen Walsh in 1984.

Maureen Walsh is a "business therapist" and the co-founder of Life Works, Inc. Maureen earned an undergraduate degree in art history and held graduate fellowships in the theatre department and business school, while studying for her marketing MBA. Her subsequent work in advertising grew into her own consulting firm assisting New York artists and healers evolve into successful business owners.

Maureen's extensive background in the arts officially began with managing the Philadelphia Company, a theatre company devoted to staging New America plays. She was the Marketing Director of The Children's Theater Company in Minneapolis, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Joffrey Ballet.

A producer at heart, Maureen guides the development of new projects, creates and delivers specialized courses, and is the business side of Life Works. She designed the Life Works course, How To Make A Graceful Living, to help people find authentic work. Her most recent course, Reboot Your Life, encourages Boomers to take a new look at retirement. Maureen and her husband divide their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California.

Copyright ©2004 by Marilyn Graman and Maureen Walsh. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate or distribute this file, as long as the content is not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank you.

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