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Companionable Cornfusion

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 10.01.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

I'm not sure what possessed me, but when a friend and I created an agenda for my visit to her home in Connecticut, I passed up regional theater in favor of negotiating a corn maze. It seemed like an interesting idea at the time.

These Bridesmaids Photos Are A Train Wreck, And We Just Can't Look Away

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.01.2014 | Weddings

They say that a bride is supposed to be the center of attention at her wedding -- but, really, how could you ever compete with these bridesmaids? B...

Leaving Italy, Sort of ...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 09.29.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

My body may have left Italy, but my mind hasn't. I am so very very happy I went and I am so very very happy to be back 'home'. My year in Italy was truly a life-changing event in so many ways....

5 Friendship Lessons You Learned On The Playground

Janis Kupferer | Posted 09.27.2014 | Women
Janis Kupferer

Little kids are honestly the best when it comes to making and keeping friends. Their sense of wonder and overall joie de vivre makes them the perfect magnets for new relationships, while their untainted understanding of logic allow them to make quick and simple decisions about their interactions with others. Given their talent in this area, we adults are wise to take a few tips from our kids.

40 Ways to Practice Self-Kindness

Kindness Blog | Posted 09.26.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

As we all know modern life can be very stressful. With so many demands on our time, through juggling family, work and friends, it can be a little difficult to give ourselves the attention that we really need and deserve.

One BumbleBee, Three Children and Me: A Lesson Learned

Kindness Blog | Posted 09.24.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Firstly, let me state that I'm TERRIFIED of Bees and Wasps. Whilst I recognize that this fear (phobia?) of mine is, to some degree, irrational, I've lived with it for forty odd years and gotten used to it. It is what it is, you know?

Ladies Who Lunch

Linda Wolff | Posted 09.24.2014 | Fifty
Linda Wolff

Around the table our ages ranged from 48-59, of which I'm on the lower end, but not lowest (though I'm holding on to that like a pageant girls' sash), so after catching up with the lives of our mostly grown kids, you can imagine conversation quickly moved to how our bodies have morphed over the years. Not just weight gain, but some seismic shifting too.

Tough Love Is Tough On Parents, Too

Jon Carras | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Jon Carras

It hurts my heart to have to scold or punish such a small child who fills me with such joy. A child who, along with my extraordinary wife, Lauren, and our blue-eyed angel, Annette, is the reason for everything I do.

The Greatest Enemy Is Fear, Not War

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Letting fear in and making friends with it does not necessarily come easily; fear is a powerful feeling that demands understanding and patience, but by recognizing fear when it arises and just being with it, rather than reacting to it, we reduce its power.

Why I Talk About It Online

Kate Byrne | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

Please don't ever tell people suffering from depression to stop talking about it. I get it. Yes, hearing about depression is exhausting. Try living with it, then you'll know exhaustion.

The 10 Unspoken Agreements of Middle-Aged Female Friendship

Ann Imig | Posted 09.22.2014 | Fifty
Ann Imig

We don't see you plucking silver hairs in your rearview mirror and throwing them out the car window at stoplights. No, we do not.

Lindsay Holmes

10 Things Only Your Childhood Best Friend Understands | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

In the Harry Potter series, longtime BFFs Harry Potter and Ron Weasley demonstrated what it means to stand by your friends. They went through their fi...

Playful Banter or Bullying -- Whose Perception Matters?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

We need to stop arguing over the definition of bullying and trying to objectively indentify it. Instead, we need to listen when youth say they've been bullied.

The Guest List

Jamie Silverman | Posted 09.18.2014 | New York
Jamie Silverman

Most friends told me not to fret -- it was my birthday and if ever there is a night for drunken debauchery, this was it.

Being Ridiculous Is Absolutely Necessary

Maria Senise | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

We laughed so fricken hard that day, my lungs hurt. It felt SO good. Sometimes, nothing beats acting completely silly, off-the-chain ridiculous, and just kind of stupid simply because you can. I needed that day.

Is It Harder To Break Up With A Friend Or A Lover?

Jessica Smock | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Jessica Smock

We wanted to know why women's friendships begin and end so differently than men's. We wanted to know why women seemed to feel more guilt, more shame, more trauma, and more remorse about the ends of friendships than the loss of romantic partners.

What I Learned From Taking A 'Selfie'

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

In the midst of that mysterious, sacred bond that connects childhood friends, something even bigger seems to emerge. In the small intangibles that remain from the innocence of youth.

Your Friends Are Dying

Zach Dean | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

Perspective is a funny, fleeting thing, and the lens in which we view our world is ever changing. Often we stumble upon a perspective we like -- a perspective of playfulness, appreciation, or positivity -- and it transforms our whole world for a few moments.

Robin Williams and Backsliding

Kate Byrne | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

It's my empathy that keeps me here. I text or email or even call my closest confidants. I may spend the entire exchange crying, but releasing the feelings is better than keeping them in. I never feel alone and that is the feeling I can't forget.

The Chagrin of Omissive Sin

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 09.10.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

Now it's easy to not do harm by others by leaving them alone, but are we committing the sin of omission? It's a difficult question, one I can't answer for anyone but myself.

10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Left for College

Erika Oppenheimer | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Erika Oppenheimer

Leaving for college is almost always a world-rocking experience for those who go away to school.

Taking Hold of Your Passions in Everyday Life

Rupa Mehta | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Passion is a powerful thing and by embracing, sharing and asking others about it we create a domino effect that could lead to a better and more open world. Be proud of who you are, what you're passionate about and share it. I promise you won't regret it and we'd love to hear about it!

Saved by Social Media

Kate Byrne | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

It was an online friend who, upon my disclosure that I was cutting, contacted my brother and told him to check on me. It's my online friends who in times of crisis or trigger events will send me text, Facebook, direct or email messages to keep me engaged.

When Friends Avoid Tough Topics: Share a Story, Hear a Story

Diane Gage Lofgren | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Diane Gage Lofgren

Many get riveted to train-wreck TV and dramatic news from afar, but when it hits closer to home, they head for the hills. Why do tough topics seem to be the third rail of some friendships?

Friends Are (Really) Important

Alex Madda | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Madda

For me, making new friends has been of the utmost importance. I've learned that if you don't have family around, you can always, and probably should, make a new one! (But not literally... ) We may not have steady careers right now. But for me, having steady friends feels just as rewarding.