Making Time for Self-Care

This summer has felt a little less relaxing than most for me, and I don't think I'm alone in that feeling. After a few years of a slower pace and minimal crowds because of the pandemic, The Washington Post has called this summer “the busiest travel season in a generation." It's been great to see... Continue Reading →

Summer Books to Take You Away

If you're located in the Northern Hemisphere as I am, you're currently enjoying the thick of summer. That's prime travel and reading season for many people, myself included. Since book recommendations have been flying around in my various group chats, I figured I'd share a few here that could transport you to some interesting time... Continue Reading →

Celebrating International Friendship Day 2022

Any day can be an excuse to celebrate a special friendship, but July 30th was designated by the United Nations as International Friendship Day to recognize the "importance of friendship...in the lives of human beings around the world." While we at LOF advocate making every day about friendship, we strongly support the UN's goal of... Continue Reading →

BFF to the Rescue

As Rachel prepared for her weekly radio show Harmonic Ginger, she knew she was in trouble. Her positive Covid test was not the problem, because she knew how to upload her playlist and pre-recorded vocals from isolation at home using her own computer and microphone. It was when her voice disappeared entirely that Rachel realized... Continue Reading →

My Happy Place

When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you goAlexandra Stoddard Thinking about the places I’ve called home sometimes feels like recalling a lifelong friend. Much like a close friend can be counted on to provide companionship and solace, certain places can evoke the same emotions. As the setting for memorable... Continue Reading →

#HighlandParkStrong

On July 4th the community of Highland Park was attacked by gunfire. The reactions to the sudden violence and terror in this suburban Chicago community range from shock to sadness, and fear to anger. In the past decade, this kind of violence has become more common, and our collective response has been a futile attempt... Continue Reading →

Happy 4th!

Our country has experienced many divisive moments in the past several years, and that's part of the reason Julia and I began blogging about friendship. We believe strongly that friends don't always have to agree on everything, but they should always be respectful and kind to each other. Our friendships help us get through the... Continue Reading →

Camp Season

Even if you've never been to summer camp, you can probably imagine how quickly bonds form when you're very young and living among your peers in tight conditions. My first sleep-away camp experience was at a YWCA camp when I was seven years old in a magical environment, located deep in the woods near the... Continue Reading →

Friendship Lessons from Dad

When I remember childhood Father’s Day celebrations with my dad, I think of a trip to one of our favorite Smithsonian museums when we were still living near Washington, D.C., or sharing some of his homemade pizza when I was a teen in Kentucky. Those were special moments with my dad that my siblings and... Continue Reading →

Hat’s Off, Grads!

Everywhere you turn over the past few weeks, graduation celebrations seem to be dominating the scene. After two years of postponed, modified or canceled ceremonies during the Covid-19 pandemic, commencement exercises returned this spring with vigor. Celebrations for the Class of 2022 have been full of joy for these students who had to miss out... Continue Reading →

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