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Too Many Bras (and Other 'Unnecessaries')?

Paula H. Noe | Posted 08.01.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

When I came to Italy in September for my "senior year abroad," I brought a large suitcase and a medium-sized one, both full of items I thought were absolutely vital for my every-day life.

5 Kinds of School Friends All Moms Should Have

Galit Breen | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

The truth is, I learned as much from these moms as my son learned from their children. Here are the five kinds of mom school friends I was blessed to have these last two years.

8 Things That Happen When You Lose Your Best Friend

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Beth Leipholtz

The smallest things will spark memories of your 15-year friendship, and almost every single moment of your childhood involves her. Your friendship will be impossible to disregard because she shaped the person you are today.

Losing an Incidental Friend

Laura Stepp | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Stepp

In an increasingly fast and fragmented world, our incidental friends ground us. The metaphor of a tent comes to mind: If our immediate family and close friends provide the framework and the canvas, incidental friends like Mary are the stakes making sure the canvas doesn't blow away. Until those incidental friends depart.

The Playground Skill I Want to Learn From My 4-Year-Old

Mark Joyella | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Mark Joyella

In the space of an hour, my daughter was able to do effortlessly what I never -- as a child, or as an adult -- have been able to pull off: painlessly making friends.

5 Reasons You Should Prepare Nothing When You Move Abroad

Jessica Pan | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Jessica Pan

Pick a place, pick a purpose, book your flight and go! Just go. Don't read a travel book. Don't search on every forum. Do not take a language class. GO! Now. Put your shoes on and get out of town. You should get to your destination with as little research as possible...

Requiem for a Buoyant, Enduring Spirit

Jessica Levco | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Levco

What impressed me the most about Lindsey is that cancer never defined her. It was just part of her story. The cancer crept into her healthy tissues, her bones, her organs, but it never got to her spirit. It never touched that.

3 Benefits of Having 'Couple Friends'

GalTime | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women

if you're looking to change up your date night routine, or add a dash of excitement to your love life, hanging out with other monogamous couples can be just what you need.

Friendships Matter

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Sheldon D. Newton

We need to ensure that the friends we choose are those who are uplifting, encouraging, believing and helpful to our purpose. Here are just a few wisdom tips for choosing right, godly and wholesome friends.

I Still Just Don't Understand

Paula H. Noe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I have been living my dream in Italy since September, so I have been watching and learning and trying hard to comprehend since then, with mixed succes...

Eliminate Competition to Authentically Celebrate Successes of Others

Erin Cox | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

The key is to continually work toward complete authenticity at which point you will resonate with just the right people. It's a magical key to happiness and success!

6 Things You Shouldn't Say To A Divorcing Friend (And 1 Thing You Should)

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

I am getting divorced. But what a great time to do it, I'm sharing my sorrows in fantastic company - Gwyneth Paltrow, Paula Patton, Hilary Duff. We ar...

See Ya, Facebook

Jesse Michener | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jesse Michener

The endless scrolling, the incessant search for something new, the countless clicks and tangents that filled my spare and not-so-spare minutes -- like a forbidden fruit, its sweetness masked its poison as it pulled me farther away from living with intention.

My Girls

Allie Smith | Posted 07.27.2014 | Women
Allie Smith

met Marcie when we were in the fourth grade, and then a few years later, at 14, we met Michele when we all worked together as hostesses at The Naples Dinner Theater. We've shared decades of friendship that have sustained me through many tough times.

The Friends Who Were My Son's ‘Best Medicine'

Julie Guillot | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Julie Guillot

There is no way to adequately thank "BFF" Julia and the kids who made time for and stuck with him -- those who brought doses of the best medicine known to Man -- doses of "normal" during his years-long illness.

Questions I Would Ask

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

As the school year ends for all levels of education, I want to put forward one final quiz especially for our high school and college students to answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, just move quickly to the next one.

The Tale of the 34-Year-Long Birthday Prank

Aimee Heckel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

In this story, it's a real-life competition to defy death. Because the punishment of knocking off first will mark the culmination of a nearly four-decade-long practical joke -- quite possibly the longest ongoing joke in the history of prank-manship.

Empathy: The Missing Link Between Parents and Childfrees

Keesha Beckford | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Keesha Beckford

Let's get something straight: My complaining about my corner of motherhood is not an invitation to be patronized or blamed from my parenting choices. It does not signify a lack of love for my children, or that I am delusional about either the big picture or the minutiae of parenting.

What Parents Really Need To Hear From Each Other

Dina L. Relles | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

If you just take a moment, you can put yourself in my shoes. We're all mothers, and we can do that for each other. At least that. We can relate.

32 Things That Only Your Best Friends Understand

Lexi Herrick | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

The fact that life can and does pull you a million miles away from each other, but your friendship doesn't wither. Distance only makes the time you do have together more special.

Gay Men, Will We Think Better of One Another?

Josh Hersh | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Hersh

When our thoughts about gay men as a whole are constantly negative, we're going to feel anger, hostility, and judgment. We're going to miss out on having meaningful, thriving friendships with each other.

Beauty and Art, Everywhere...

Paula H. Noe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

In Florence, a city dense with beauty and stimulation, the shop windows are gorgeous and enticing.

Optional Obligations

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 07.20.2014 | Women
Lita Smith-Mines

There's something about the making of plans and the scheduling of meetings that doesn't seem as concrete as it used to be. Have you noticed it as well...

Spiritual Friendship on Facebook: In Commemoration of Artie Lee

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Friendship has changed in our social-media age. We used to maintain long-distance friendships with letters and the occasional long-distance phone call. Today we sustain old friendships and establish new ones through emails, instant messaging, blog posts, tweets and Skype.

Things to Do With That Girl Who Thinks You're Way Better Friends Than You Are

Reductress | Posted 07.20.2014 | Comedy

Have coffee at your least favorite coffee shop! The erratic hours and slightly uncomfortable chairs will actually help you out here, especially after she starts calling it "our place"! Fortunately, it closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.