My Happy Place

When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you goAlexandra Stoddard Thinking about the places I’ve called home sometimes feels like recalling a lifelong friend. Much like a close friend can be counted on to provide companionship and solace, certain places can evoke the same emotions. As the setting for memorable... Continue Reading →

#HighlandParkStrong

On July 4th the community of Highland Park was attacked by gunfire. The reactions to the sudden violence and terror in this suburban Chicago community range from shock to sadness, and fear to anger. In the past decade, this kind of violence has become more common, and our collective response has been a futile attempt... Continue Reading →

Happy 4th!

Our country has experienced many divisive moments in the past several years, and that's part of the reason Julia and I began blogging about friendship. We believe strongly that friends don't always have to agree on everything, but they should always be respectful and kind to each other. Our friendships help us get through the... Continue Reading →

Camp Season

Even if you've never been to summer camp, you can probably imagine how quickly bonds form when you're very young and living among your peers in tight conditions. My first sleep-away camp experience was at a YWCA camp when I was seven years old in a magical environment, located deep in the woods near the... Continue Reading →

Friendship Lessons from Dad

When I remember childhood Father’s Day celebrations with my dad, I think of a trip to one of our favorite Smithsonian museums when we were still living near Washington, D.C., or sharing some of his homemade pizza when I was a teen in Kentucky. Those were special moments with my dad that my siblings and... Continue Reading →

Hat’s Off, Grads!

Everywhere you turn over the past few weeks, graduation celebrations seem to be dominating the scene. After two years of postponed, modified or canceled ceremonies during the Covid-19 pandemic, commencement exercises returned this spring with vigor. Celebrations for the Class of 2022 have been full of joy for these students who had to miss out... Continue Reading →

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 →

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