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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 →

The Power of Deep Listening

“The intention of deep listening and loving speech is to restore communications, because once communication is restored, everything is possible.” Thich Nhat Hanh I’ll bet that you can relate to this scenario: It’s a beautiful Saturday fall morning. You are sitting across from a close friend in an outdoor café, thrilled to be catching up… Continue Reading →

Walks With Friends

With many offices still closed, the sidelining of casual work friendships have been an unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. Virtual happy hours really can’t replace the spontaneous connections formed with colleagues that happen when you’re walking together to meetings or grabbing a quick lunch. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking about how much you’ve… 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 →

Five of Our Fall Favorites

If the crisper air and falling leaves haven’t yet caught your attention, the scent of pumpkin-spiced latte wafting out of your nearest Starbucks may be your signal that fall has definitely arrived. Even with cooler temps and Covid keeping some people closer to home this season, fall activities are sure to keep your spirits high… 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 →

Cultivating Friendships

This fall certainly feels like a time of change. School is starting, with routines shifting around for both kids and parents. Covid numbers have been back on the rise, hurricane season is in full force and worldwide events have been pretty bleak. Understandably, many of us may be feeling a little on edge. We recently… 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 →

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