Idol Friendships

Everyone needs a friend like Arthur, and I don't mean the aardvark (although he's a good friend too!). If you've been watching ABC's televised singing competition American Idol this season, then you know exactly which Arthur I'm talking about. Arthur is a young, construction worker from rural Kentucky who was 100% confident that his friend... Continue Reading →

Mom Friendships

The teaching profession, matching wedding invitations, and motherhood were the elements that connected my mom to one of the most meaningful friendships of her life that has impacted the next two generations. In her late 20s, my mom had spent a summer with her brother and his new wife in Washington, DC, where she met... Continue Reading →

🎵Songs of Friendship

Every time I happen to hear any one of the 14 songs on The Cars' self-titled debut album, I am emotionally transported back several decades into my friend Alex's car. I rode shotgun next to Alex nearly every day for three years on our way to and from high school, with The Cars cassette loaded... Continue Reading →

The Language of Flowers

“Plant the garden of your life with friendship’s lovely flowers.”Unknown Spending my childhood in Virginia and Kentucky, I grew to love the many beautiful flowers and trees in my yards. Our house in Arlington was lined with colorful azalea bushes, and I found comfort in the dogwood and magnolia trees with their trusty blooms each... Continue Reading →

Reading with Friends

When a neighborhood acquaintance invited me to join a book group 20 years ago, I was skeptical. I was incredibly busy with my job and a new baby. Also, as a writer, I'm very picky about my reading list. I had zero interest in mixing books with gossip, wine and frivolous banter. Maybe it's nerdy,... Continue Reading →

Playing it Forward

Looking back on the trajectory of girls’ participation in sports this Women’s History Month, we are amazed at how things have changed since Title IX was enacted 50 years ago. Sara shared in an earlier post that we were part of the first girls’ soccer team at our high school back in the 1980s, when... Continue Reading →

Ukraine

“I am here.”  Volodymyr Zelensky As violence continues to escalate in Ukraine, allies around the world are grappling with how best to support this country under siege from such a powerful aggressor. Technology has allowed more widespread sharing of the images of violence than we've ever witnessed before in a conflict. The Ukrainian government and... Continue Reading →

📚Hanging Out

“Adulthood is too serious. I miss stupid. I need stupid. Being stupid with your friends is guaranteed happiness.”  Billy Baker Reaching out to friends is a central theme of Billy Baker’s 2021 book, We Need to Hang Out. Baker is a Boston Globe staff writer who was asked by his editor a few years ago to... Continue Reading →

Showing Up

"The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time." Bréne Brown Near midnight December 10th, a powerful tornado tore through an area of Western Kentucky, destroying homes a quarter-mile from where my childhood friend Michele’s mom lives. With sudden, devastating loss like this, our natural inclination is to help,... Continue Reading →

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