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 →

Pets Rock 🐾

My kids tried for years to persuade me to get a dog. I hadn't grown up with one, and most of us in the family have allergies. In January 2017, however, a litter of a hypoallergenic breed of puppies became available within an hour's drive of our home. I agreed to go meet them, and... Continue Reading →

Lending a Hand

One day in 1977 when my family was living in Arlington, Virginia, we helped our church community resettle a refugee family from Southeast Asia to the United States. My older sister Monica recently recalled: “There were so many kids in such a small apartment. It made a huge impression on me, about giving." We both remember... 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 →

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 →

Female Entrepreneurs

In the spirit of Women's History Month, we have decided to profile a few female entrepreneurs we admire, and who are already making history with the new products and services they offer that transform how people work, shop and even breastfeed! Mamava's mission to transform the way our society views breastfeeding has become a reality... Continue Reading →

📚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 →

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