Summer Like It’s 2019!

With days getting longer and fewer COVID restrictions impacting events lately, it’s time to make 2022 a summer to remember! A recent article in the Washington Post about the coronavirus shared that, "Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans say it is a major factor in their summer vacation plans." However, the article goes on to... Continue Reading →

Don’t FryDay

When I first began dating Jason, the man who later became my husband, I noticed a small spot on his back that didn't look right to me. It was scaly, with an irregular shape. He admitted sometimes it was itchy and bled a little. I immediately recognized the warning signs of skin cancer. I had... Continue Reading →

Trips with Friends

Good friends follow you anywhere. Winnie the Pooh I love to travel and can’t remember a time when the anticipation of a trip didn’t make my days a little brighter. Growing up in the Southeastern United States far from extended family meant annual summer road trips to see them in New England. While our destination... Continue Reading →

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 →

🏵️ Happy April!

The month of April is host to major holidays from several of the world's religions, including Ramadan, Passover and Easter. Whatever your tradition, we hope you're out enjoying the spring with friends and family!

🎵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 →

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