đź“šLearning from Melissa

My daughter, who is a senior in college, called me during Banned Books Week a few weeks ago and insisted that I buy a novel entitled Melissa for her 12-year-old brother. It was unusual of her to be so forcefully recommending a book for her brother, and particularly one with a feminine title. My curiosity... Continue Reading →

Crossing Paths with The Queen

Guest post alert: Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last week, we dedicate this post to her memory. She led a truly extraordinary life. This week, my mom, Susan Mason, shares a treasured memory of being on an outing with dear friends and running into Queen Elizabeth in my hometown of Lexington, Ky. As... Continue Reading →

Labor Day Weekend Fun

In addition to being a celebration in honor of America's workers, Labor Day has also come to symbolize the unofficial last weekend of summer. The Language of Friendship wishes you a long weekend full of relaxation and quality time with friends. If you're looking for activities, we have some suggestions for enjoying meaningful late-summer moments... Continue Reading →

Summer Mood Music

The month of August can feel bittersweet, with the end of the summer season in sight and many schools already starting, but there's no need to rush it! We still have a nice chunk of time left to enjoy the warm temps with friends. With that in mind, we've assembled a brief list of a... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Don’t FryDay

When I first began dating Jason, the man who later became my husband, I noticed a small spot on his back that didn't look right to me. It was scaly, with an irregular shape. He admitted sometimes it was itchy and bled a little. I immediately recognized the warning signs of skin cancer. I had... Continue Reading →

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