The other was a bright, swaggering executive seemingly pre-occupied with sexual conquest, and sporting a self-admitted vain streak.After an ardent romp, I made him talk to me (you know, like a hostage).

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On second thought we’ll just leave that idiot move a mystery). In a twist I couldn’t have predicted the executive adhered to the campfire rule and left me in better condition than he found me. In the other I walked away intact, with a positive impact on my well-being, ready to be vulnerable again to another person.

Why does it matter how we end relationships with people we no longer want?

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One was a hands-on Father of three, regular (but not sanctimonious) church-goer, owner of two sweet but smelly dogs, collected art, read the New York Times, and teared up at poignant, love songs.

The other jumped in with both feet giving me the full girlfriend experience, panicked, then made himself unavailable.

The romance ended entirely when he sent me an email that included several paragraphs meant for another woman (how does that happen? A good lesson that the appearance of sensitivity is not the same as actual care for another person. In one instance I felt drug along by my collar and deposited by the side of the road.

Attend concerts, travel and a great community of people who claim to be young and at an elementary school and studying at the same time as that.