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Losing Chrissy

Audrey Shulman | Posted 05.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Audrey Shulman

What I'm left with now is not only all of Chrissy's things for the time being, but this drive to carry on without her. I refuse to acknowledge we lost, that I am defeated. She wouldn't want that. I try to appreciate beautiful days for both of us. I've caught myself wondering if I can accurately gauge what she would and wouldn't have loved. I think I can. No, wait -- I know I can.

F the Clique -- I Got a TRIBE

Adiba Nelson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Women
Adiba Nelson

My tribe is wildly honest. Even if you're new to the tribe, honesty is the unspoken but obviously established rule. We lay our souls bare. We speak the unadulterated truth. We don't pull punches and we don't sugar coat the shit.

1 Simple, Radical Affection Tip You Don't Want To Miss

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

What's one simple, powerful act that is radical, affectionate, feels good and can change someone's outlook on life? Complimenting someone.

A Letter to Back-In-The-Day Friends

Christine Organ | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Christine Organ

I miss the way things were back in the day. I miss how spending time together used to be as easy as walking across the hall or picking up the phone to say "I've got wine and I'm coming over."

The Legacy I Didn't Know I Wanted

Amy Mullis | Posted 05.12.2016 | Fifty
Amy Mullis

Now that I'm in the stage of life where good advice usually involves a recipe loaded with fiber, I realize that what Mama left me was a handbook for life.

5 Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn from 'The Golden Girls'

Mommy Nearest | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The Golden Girls shouldered each other's burdens and shared in each other's good times. It is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful to watch. I hope that my daughter is blessed with great friends with whom she can share both joy and sadness.

Why I Chose My Ex's New Wife Over My Friends

Shelley Wetton | Posted 05.11.2016 | Divorce
Shelley Wetton

I realized I needed a positive relationship with my ex and his fiancé, if not for my own sanity, for my child's future.

Lessons In Gratitude From Two Very Special Women

Tamsen_Fadal | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living

I have lots of pals and people with whom I have a good time. True friendship, however, is a rare and precious commodity. I understand now what my mother was telling me: It is not the quantity of the people in your life; it is the quality and depth of your bond with them and theirs with you.


Mila Atmos | Posted 05.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Mila Atmos

Being completely self-reliant is often isolating and lonely. But I found out that the act of looking inward was one of my strengths. Through the process of self-discovery, I saw that the solution to feeling unlovable was inside of me. I learned that I needed to be my own best friend and that the core of this friendship is self-love.

My Transgender Life - Modern Pen Pals

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 05.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

You might say I am not one of those early adopters. You must know those people; the ones that camp out in front of the local Apple store days before the next iGadget comes out. No, never have been and probably never will.

30 Is Bigger Than I Thought

Abby Draper | Posted 05.07.2016 | Comedy
Abby Draper

I understand life changes every day, every month and every year, but in my experience and understanding, there is a certain newfound confidence at 30. You sort of have shit figured out, or at least are starting to, which is why it's really enjoyable to watch others' find the same peace.

Project Runway's Helen Castillo and Her No-Frills Take on Fashion

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.06.2016 | Style
Lauren Kruczyk

Recently, Helen Castillo of "Project Runway All Stars" visited Houston for the Vanity event at Henke and Pillot--a fashion event featuring local models, a cocktail hour, live entertainment, giveaways and a runway show viewing with designers.

What It Really Means To Be Your Own Best Friend

Margaret Manning | Posted 05.06.2016 | Fifty
Margaret Manning

Most people think that they know themselves well by the time they reach their 50th birthday. But, do they really? How many people have really taken the time to write down and analyze their thoughts on a regular basis?

My Thrive Tribe

Tanya Caruso | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Tanya Caruso

Without my thrive tribe I would not be the person I am today. These people have changed me for the better, and I hope I have done the same for them.

38 Ways My Girlfriends Have Saved My Life

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 05.05.2016 | Women
Lisa Page Rosenberg

I am blessed with the most wonderful girlfriends. They have shaped me into the woman I am today. They save my life all the time. Here are only 39 of the ways.

Why Female Friends Are So Important For Older Women

Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole | Posted 05.04.2016 | Fifty
Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole

By far the most powerful message imparted in our 70Candles conversation groups has been the importance of other women in the lives of our participants. Women emphasized over and over again the strength they receive through their ties to other women.

Roll Out the Barrel...

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.04.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Just My Imagination

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.03.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


The Kind Of Friends I'm Looking For Now That I'm 50

Lori Day | Posted 05.01.2016 | Fifty
Lori Day

I have almost all new friends now, at 51. The ones I spent so many years with -- bound together by our children's friendships -- scattered like dandelion seeds to the wind when my marriage ended. Only Ebola instills more fear of contagion than the divorce of a friend whose marriage seemed perfect.

5 Reasons Friendships Fall Apart After Having Kids

Shari Wargo Stamps | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Shari Wargo Stamps

If you're kid is 2 and your friend's is 6 months, be careful how much kind and helpful advice you give, thinking you're just one mom sharing with another. This one can backfire and make you look like a know-it-all.

Today I Let Go, Tomorrow I Fly

Taylor Johnson | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

Go lose your breath, be the reason so many people breath again, and keep your eyes wide open, because your life is seriously, most definitely, meant to change the world more than you could possibly imagine.

ear Family Whisperer: Should This Friendship Be Saved?

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

In every relationship, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, one party is always more open and expressive than the other.

On Losing a Friend

Robin Hall | Posted 06.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robin Hall

Our Meeting I recently lost a friend of mine. We met under slightly unusual circumstances. We had just finished moving. A street lamp cast a lazy, h...

This Is What Happened at a Grownup Sleepover

Rumni Saha | Posted 06.28.2015 | Women
Rumni Saha

For some time I had been wicked stressed, taking on way more than I could handle but I did it -- well disguised on the outside but a veritable mess on the inside. So finally when I was able to convince myself that I was no superwoman in spite of what I liked to believe, and that it was nothing to be ashamed of, I felt a sense of relief. However, it was now time to make up for lost time and "unhad" fun.

A Pink Cast Heals More Than Bones

Angelina Massoia | Posted 06.27.2015 | College
Angelina Massoia

We've all been there. We have one of those weeks that make you want to stay in bed and cuddle your dog. Any combination of school, work, relationship, health, and personal drama seems unbearable as it simultaneously bombards you.