📚BHM Reading List

As Black History Month winds down, LOF would like to share a few of the many books by black authors we recommend reading. Narrowing the list to five was challenging, but we figured an exhaustive list would take forever to compile, so here is a small sample of books we have loved and learned from... Continue Reading →

Happy Anniversary!

This weekend marks a year since we began our Language of Friendship journey. From the start, our goal has been to encourage people to pay more attention to the meaningful friendships in their lives and to nurture them with the love and care they deserve. While Language of Friendship has not exactly gone viral or... Continue Reading →

Lesson in Speaking Out

The hostage situation in Texas and the Martin Luther King holiday this past week have had me thinking about the first time I remember being personally blindsided by blatant intolerance. My family had moved over the summer, and I was the new kid in third grade. I had made some friends in the neighborhood, and... Continue Reading →

Helping Others & Ourselves

When my sister and I were growing up, our mom strongly encouraged us to get involved in causes and communities that were meaningful to us. For my mom, helping others was important, but she also knew that the act of giving results in many clear benefits for the giver as well. My mom's views on... Continue Reading →

Happy Holidays!

Regardless of your holiday tradition, the end of the year always feels like a festive time. Most people are in pretty good spirits, the decorations are abundant and the holiday lights during the short days of sunlight are inspiring. Even so, not everyone loves the holidays, and Covid times have certainly added to a general... Continue Reading →

Sharing the Joy

One of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is the giving spirit, with a massive number of Americans opening their hearts and their wallets to help others this time of year. An estimated one-third of all charitable giving in the United States happens during the month of December and more than 10% occurs within... Continue Reading →

Good Juju

November is chock full of birthdays for me and Julia. In addition to our own birthdays, two of our sons’ birthdays and our social media guru Frannie’s birthday, we are remembering our friend Judy Thomas Stacy’s birthday. Most people probably remember a family like Julia and I remember the Thomas family from growing up. They... Continue Reading →

Gifts for Friends

No matter what your holiday traditions are, most people end up wracking their brains to come up with meaningful gift ideas for the special people in their lives around this time of year. Not to fear! The Language of Friendship has your back. Take a look at these suggestions and see if any of them... Continue Reading →

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 →

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