Reunion Season

As a college student at Northwestern University, I couldn’t understand why massive numbers of alumni kept returning to campus for ballgames and reunions. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my time in Evanston, Ill., but our teams were not very successful back then and the weather was horrific for a decent chunk of the... Continue Reading →

How Many is Too Many?

Is it better to have a few close friends or a larger number of perhaps less intimate, but still meaningful, friendships in your life? I’ve always kept a pretty wide circle of friends, but I’ve often wondered about whether that’s the wrong approach. Am I spreading my capacity for friendships too thin? Or, do my... Continue Reading →

Creating New Beginnings

As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in The Great Gatsby: “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” The fall of 2021 promises to be a time of new beginnings for many, as record numbers of people are changing jobs in 2021 and many others may still be figuring out how to... Continue Reading →

Remembering 9-11-01

I was fast asleep in my bed, curled up with my first-born child, on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I had been sleepless most nights in the weeks leading up to that day, thanks to this colicky newborn at my side, so I was initially annoyed to be woken around 9:15 am by my... Continue Reading →

Labor Day Weekend!

The Language of Friendship would like to wish all of our friends and family a relaxing Labor Day Weekend! This U.S. holiday honors workers, but it has also come to symbolize the end of summer. With that in mind, we hope you take this opportunity to enjoy time with the people that mean the most... Continue Reading →

Dating Support from the Sidelines

As a long-time married person, it’s been ages since I've experienced first-hand that awkwardly sick feeling in my gut from a horrendous first date or a new relationship that is clearly not working. Dating apps have added a whole other dimension to an already complicated ritual, and I am clueless about how to navigate that.... Continue Reading →

Late Summer Fun

I recently saw a quote comparing the start of August to the Sunday night of the summer season. Yes, we have only a few more weeks left to enjoy the favorite time of year for school kids everywhere. But instead of dwelling on the end of the season, let's get outside and enjoy the best... Continue Reading →

Beach Reads

Although mindless fiction is sometimes just what the doctor ordered in the summer, my favorite books this time of year are ones that inspire my curiosity, keep me entertained and make me think without making me feel emotionally drained. With a little help from our friends, we have compiled a short selection of fiction that... Continue Reading →

Survey Says…

One of the few silver linings of the Covid-19 pandemic for me was the revitalization of my close-knit group of six friends who lived together in a beat-up old house during our senior year of college. Our weekly Gaffield Zoom call, named after the tree-lined street where our old house was situated, remains a fixture... Continue Reading →

Happy 4th!

No matter where you are or how you're celebrating, the Language of Friendship would like to wish you a Happy 4th of July! What was important wasn't the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.Banana Yoshimoto

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