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Agi Smith
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Agi Smith is a graduate from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business; she also holds a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Arts. As a seeker of knowledge she is continually educating herself, which has included writing classes at both Harvard and Stanford. Over ten years ago, Agi went through the difficult process of divorce. This life altering event inspired her to embark on a journey of self-reflection. After several personal resurrections where she experienced the pain of internal death, she realized she had an obligation to help others navigate the difficulties life can at times offer. Over the past ten years she has taken a path of self-awareness and has done whatever it takes to find internal healing and enlightenment. She has studied a broad spectrum of mindfulness to help her achieve inner peace. During her journey she discovered Buddhism, yoga, therapy and authors that have helped change her life, including; Voltaire, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eckhart Tolle, Kafka and so many more. As a voracious reader, she found numerous secrets to living a thoughtful, fulfilling and happily ever after life – with or without someone in it. Intuitively, she knew she had to share her knowledge and chose to do so via her writing. She now has an International Advice Column and has been published in several periodicals. Agi is currently in the process of producing a web & television series based on her advice column “Dear Agi." As a freelance writer she has contributed to Patch.com and has an ongoing advice column and living life website: www.dearagi.com. She resides in the beautiful Napa Valley where you will often find her cycling, trail running or preparing a gourmet meal for friends. She and her ex-husband co-parent their beautiful daughter in harmony ~

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Five Things Women Shouldn't Do After Divorce

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 12:25 PM

And they say women are complicated! Ha! They are actually quite predictable. Whether they are going through a divorce or breakup women have very similar patterns on how they deal with their anguish. They are always worried about the future; consequently, they spend their precious moments agonizing about it. Why...

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Everybody Dies, But Some Live on Forever: Here's to Nora Ephron

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 6:34 PM

If you had told me when I was 25 that at 50 I would be divorced and raising a daughter on my own I would have looked at you like you were nuts. Yet, here I stand at 50, divorced, single and raising my shining star. Although my marriage remained...

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I Wish I Had Turned 50 A Decade Ago

(8) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 2:32 PM

We've all heard the various versions of 50 being the new 40 or 40 being the new 30, blah, blah, blah. It seems as though the general consensus is; we should all act a decade younger than we are. Having turned 50 this past year I can tell you with...

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How Nora Ephron Changed My Life

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 3:45 PM

I am not here to tell you what you already know about Nora Ephron. I'm sure we all agree that she changed the canvas of movie making with her superlative ability to string together words that rolled off the actors' tongues and left us laughing until we cried or simply...

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10 Years Of Hatred -- Get Over It!

(25) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 8:29 PM

Dear Agi,

I am a 54-year-old woman who has been divorced for ten years. In retrospect, the divorce was the easy part, but the events post-divorce have affected me the most. About four years after our divorce was finalized, my ex-husband told me that he was gay and that...

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Emotional Or Physical Abuse = Divorce

(16) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Dear Agi,

I have found the Divorce section of the Huffington Post to be one of the most fascinating places on the Internet. I recently read an article that you wrote called "Divorce Over Infidelity." The article stuck out because it was similar to my situation. I...

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It's Complicated!

(9) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 8:25 PM

Dear Agi,

I have read your columns on the Huffington Post and I am hopeful that you may have some insight regarding my story. I am a fifty-four year old woman and have been single for eight years. This past year has been exceptionally difficult for me. It began by...

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You Need A Spanking Not A Divorce

(36) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Dear Agi,

A year and a half ago I left my husband of 30-years because I was unhappy with what our lives had become. We hung in together through hard times and celebrated many joys, including our grandchildren, but a string of disasters such as a death in our family,...

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Divorce Over Infidelity? Not So Fast...

(48) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Dear Agi,

I have recently discovered the Huffington Post and I love it. Today I read your article "Does saying I'm Sorry Matter?" The article spoke to me, because I'm not sure saying "I'm sorry" in my current situation will make a difference. So here...

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Does Saying I'm Sorry Matter?

(14) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 6:00 PM

I'm sorry seems to be the least used phrase in the English language. I say this because it's not often we hear anyone use the term unless they are asking someone else to say it to them. You know the routine:

You owe me an apology!...

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Dump Him! You're Divorced Not Desperate

(13) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 6:07 PM

Dear Agi,

I'm a 47-year-old divorced single mom of two young children. I've been dating a 60-year-old twice-divorced successful businessman for several months. He has showered my children and I with gifts, trips and promises of a future together. I have to admit from day one my inner voice thought...

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A Shattered Wedding Dream With Renewed Hope

(20) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 6:56 PM

Since I was a little girl I had been squirreling away hopes and dreams for my wedding day into a pink bubble of magical intentions. My handsome Prince would love and cherish me 'til death do us part.

Screech... Crash!

Truth be told, my wedding day should have been...

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Silicon Valley Divorce Over A Gay Child?

(14) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Dear Agi,

I write you today with great pain in my heart and an ample dose of endless shame. My husband of twenty some years is a high profile Silicon Valley executive and our world is extremely public because of his position. We have two grown children who are both...

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Every Woman's Body Has a Story and Here Is Mine...

(23) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 7:00 PM

My body and I have a long history together and it wasn't until recently that I recognized the true friendship and loyalty my body has unrelentingly given me. We are now entering into our 49th year together and as I look back over all our adventures I can't help but...

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Fifty Years Later Divorce Continues to Haunt

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 3:59 PM

Dear Agi,

My parents divorced in 1957 during an era when divorce was not an acceptable alternative and it was the dirty little secret people whispered about. At the time I was fourteen and my sister was eleven years old, too young to understand what was happening to our family....

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Once, Shame on You, Twice, Shame on Who?

(22) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 7:37 PM

Dear Agi,

For the past two years I have been embroiled in an emotionally gut-wrenching divorce after twelve years of married life. Together my husband and I have two young children that I'm sure has made this whole process all the more excruciating. It's been hard enough trying to manage...

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Divorce Progress Report: Part V

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 11:46 AM

I am conducting a series of interviews about people who have or are going through divorce. In the coming months we will meet with each interviewee again and share with you how their lives and outlook has changed since our first interview with them. My hope is for every individual...

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A Divorcée Who No Longer Feels Boobalicious

(13) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 9:54 PM

Dear Agi,

I was married for seventeen years to the only man I had ever really dated and together we had two children. As the years went by we fell into the stereotypical dilemma of putting on the pounds, lots of them. I guess after years of marriage and raising...

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I'm Divorced, But the Shame Hasn't Left

(194) Comments | Posted February 19, 2011 | 6:27 PM

Dear Agi,

I have always felt my story was unique to me alone until I discovered that my husband's secret life is one that is happening daily in homes around the globe.

I married my second husband after having dated him for three years and we were friends for...

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You're Either Divorced or Not - Which is it?

(37) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 11:56 PM

I can't tell you how many times a married man has made an innuendo, suggestion or flat out reasoning for us to hook up. Telling me they are currently separated or in the process of divorce or they are living in the same house with their wife but they are...

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