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Achieving Interdependence

The warm evening breeze rustled the skirt of Emily’s summer dress as she sat down to dinner with Jamal at Sonora Grill, their favorite restaurant in Mexico City. Their server lit a candle and handed them menus. “The perfect evening for a romantic dinner,” he said with a smile. Emily and Jamal responded with wan smiles of their own. Romance was not at the top of their minds. After eighteen months of struggle and painful marital conflict, they desperately needed to find a path forward. They were hoping that a relaxing evening together might somehow help them break the impasse.

For Emily, it was only a hope. But Jamal had a plan.

After the server had delivered two mojitos and taken their dinner orders, Jamal reached ...

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