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Kendall and Kylie (Yes, I’m Writing About The Kardashians)

Kendall and Kylie (Yes, I’m Writing About The Kardashians)

My older son Jake graduated from university this spring. After four years living on the east coast he packed his books, bass guitar, laptop and came home. Oh, and he packed his girlfriend Michelle too.  They are living here for the summer before they head…

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Play Hard To Get

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Play Hard To Get

Perhaps you heard the advice from your mother, or a well-meaning friend. Or maybe you read a book like “The Rules” that convinced you to never call a guy first, accept a date at the last minute, or offer to pay for coffee. In other…

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Playing in the Ashes – Three Years Later

Playing in the Ashes – Three Years Later

I just finished reading Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance. Ansari is a stand-up comic, has a show on Netflix and was in Parks and Recreation. He wasn’t on my radar but John thought the book seemed like one I should read. And when your husband…

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Why Mr. Right May Be Too Good To Be True

Why Mr. Right May Be Too Good To Be True

The Situation Many years ago, an older relative grew concerned about my limited dating history. “You are waiting for a knight in shining armour,” he admonished. It’s not like I didn’t share his concerns. I also worried that perhaps I was being too picky, and…

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My Head Start

My Head Start

Let’s do a small visualization exercise. Close your eyes.   When you hear someone described as “a talented emerging writer,” what do you see?   I see a 20-something woman, five years out of J-school. She has subtle purple streaks in her asymmetrically-cut dark hair,…

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Are You Snooping On Your Date? Three Reasons To Stop Right Now.

Are You Snooping On Your Date? Three Reasons To Stop Right Now.

I asked my friend, “Libby”, “Do you ever snoop on your boyfriend—like read his texts when he’s not looking?”“No,” she said emphatically. This surprised me. Libby is an incredibly nosy person. So my follow-up question was, “Have you ever snooped on a boyfriend?” “Yes,” she…

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Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

My dad died a decade ago—on the sixth day of the six month of the year ’06. Before his service, the funeral director took my two sons aside and invited them to write letters to place in his coffin. It was a way to give…

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Does Your Partner Care How You Make A Living? Three Questions To Find Out Now.

Does Your Partner Care How You Make A Living? Three Questions To Find Out Now.

“What do you do?” I love to ask this question when I meet someone new—at parties, at the gym, at the dog park. I’m insanely curious about how people make a living, especially when their world is so different than my own. But the question,…

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Will Jake Apply To Law School? Three Answers to Thorny Questions about the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Will Jake Apply To Law School? Three Answers to Thorny Questions about the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Three hundred and twenty-seven. This is the number of times I have been asked, “When is Jake applying to law school?” This is not a completely random question. His dad is a lawyer, as is his aunt. So it would not be surprising if my…

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Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Your First Vacation As A Couple? 3 Ways To Get Along!

Are you planning your first vacation as a couple? YAY, what a great step in your relationship. There is no better way to really get to know someone than spending concentrated time together, outside of your natural habitat. Unfortunately, for too many couples, their vacation…

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