Binge Watching Season

The weather has been positively dreary for the past few weeks. Although that's not unusual for Boston in early January, it can make for a challenging time of year to connect with friends in person. Meanwhile, I'm still catching my breath from the holidays and the wonderful experience of having my two older kids home... Continue Reading →

Lifetime Bonds

The connections we make in the course of a life -- maybe that's what heaven is. Fred Rogers If one of your 2023 goals includes improved health and peace of mind, then prioritize friendships as part of your wellness plan.  The New York Times 7-Day Happiness Challenge made that clear in its Day 1 article... Continue Reading →

Festival of Lights

There may be disagreement about how you spell it, but there's no question that Hanukkah is here! One of my all-time favorite Hanukkah memories from when I was a little kid was when I invited my Catholic friend Janet over to join my family in lighting candles, spinning dreidels and eating potato latkes. I'll never... Continue Reading →

Holiday Feasting

When I was a kid, I was fortunate enough to have access to plenty of good food, as well as an iron stomach that allowed me to blissfully eat my way through whatever meal was being served. I never needed to give a second thought to the allergens, sodium or grease content in any of... Continue Reading →

Charitable Giving Simplified

With gift-giving top of mind this time of year, the pressure to find the perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague can be overwhelming. Last year around this time, Sara suggested some inspired gift ideas. One idea from that list I'd like to revisit is giving to a charitable cause. Research clearly shows... Continue Reading →

Gratitude Season 🍁

I know the holiday season is here, but I'll be honest, this is the time of year when I sometimes struggle to find joy. The days are short, with the early evenings looking like midnight, and the cultural pressure to exude holiday cheer can certainly weigh heavily on those of us who may not necessarily... Continue Reading →

Connections Through Kindness

As we look toward the holidays, our focus often shifts to reconnecting with longtime friends and family. This holiday season, I challenge you to also remember to focus on the day-to-day connections that sometimes get overlooked or underappreciated, but can really make a difference in your own life or to someone else’s. What do I... Continue Reading →

🎉Birthday Season🎉

This week happened to be birthday season here at the Language of Friendship. All three of us on the editorial team had a birthday this past week! Even my dog Winnie turned 6 this week. Some people don’t like making a big deal about birthdays. After all, everyone has them, and they happen every year.... Continue Reading →

Finding Your Own Blue Zone

I had been living in Glenview, IL, for more than a decade when I began noticing a group of about 6-8 men, likely retirees, gathering together outside my local Starbucks every morning. Even during the pandemic, when almost all group activities had either ground to a halt or shifted to zoom, these guys were sitting... Continue Reading →

Worlds Colliding

You don't have be a big fan of Seinfeld to get a kick out of the show's perspective on American life in NYC, even--or especially--if you disagree with it. One of the most memorable Seinfeld episodes for me aired during the seventh season, when George was engaged to Susan. In the episode, Elaine realizes she... Continue Reading →

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