đź“šHanging 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." BrĂ©ne 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 →

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 →

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 →

Our Story: Part 4

"Don't just count your years, make your years count." - George Meredith I found myself back in Kentucky for the holidays in December 1992 after nearly a year living in Germany. While it was nice to enjoy the comforts of home, eat mall food and be served free glasses of water in restaurants, I was... 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 →

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 →

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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