How to Be a Good Friend During Hard Times

If the tables had been turned, I would’ve had no idea how to be a good friend on such a difficult, emotional day. Shucks, I hardly know what to write in a sympathy card when my friends experience loss — and yet, on the day my mom died, my friends showed up...

when love looks like toilet paper

It’s the morning after Valentine’s Day, and some single women and even couples are waking up with the lingering hangover of disappointment, crumpled tissues littering the floor next to the bed and swollen eye bags greeting them in the bathroom mirror. But...

the greatest enemy of thanksgiving

It has been a frequent topic of conversation lately, during the drive home after school. “But Mom, why can’t we do that? All my friends at school get to do it! It’s all they ever talk about, and it’s in my face all the time! I just don’t understand!” I look at my...

where is home?

I am Eilis from Brooklyn.   I wonder if the main character in the 2015 film Brooklyn would say the same about herself.   Would she introduce herself as Eilis from Brooklyn or Eilis from Ireland?   I watch her story unfold and see my own in the reflection of her eyes....

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