In a few days I will be joining the half-century club. Most of my friends beat me to it, including my husband. My sister was inducted two years ago. My father's been a card carrying member for over 20 years. Yes, I'm turning the big 5 - 0 and I'm excited. My girlfriends already threw me a surprise party but before I officially turn the corner, here's a few things I learned during my decade of being 40.
"We actually broke up." This is the inevitable response you will have to give for weeks, months, possibly even years after you and your significant other part ways.
As much as I love my husband and my family, I can't imagine my life without my girlfriends. They are the cherry on top, the special sauce, and the magic fairy dust that make my life richer. I don't know about you, but I'm a better person because of my girlfriends.
We fell into empathy with each other. Our similar sadness cancelled out the differences in our backgrounds and temperaments -- and we had the ability to make each other laugh until we peed our pants.
Cuba was thought-provoking and fascinating
Superhero movies show no sign of slowing down -- and for some of us, that's a problem. Now, even women love them, which is no fun for those regular, non-super-powered guys among us.
"They're bad for the environment!" "They can't be recycled!" "They will cause your arches to collapse!" I began to see cruel Facebook posts about them. One particularly heartbreaking one went something like this: "Wow, that's a nice looking pair of Crocs. Said No One Ever."
Jesse Wellens, the male half of YouTube's hottest prank channel, PrankvsPrank, joined What's Trending live via Google plus to talk about maintaining how they were one of the first to build out a prank based channel on YouTube and how that's impacted their relationship as a real life couple.
My friends and I have what we call wine emergencies. Anytime someone is feeling overwhelmed by raising children, a husband who doesn't always quite "get it," a bad day at work or all of the above, we can call a wine emergency.
Whether it's because you've undergone a life transition that made you grow apart from old friends -- a relocation, a job change, a divorce, a marriage, becoming a parent -- or whether you've just recognized that many of your friendships have gradually faded (or worse, become toxic), you're never alone if you're looking to make new friendships.
I was so in love with my college roommate that when my boyfriend called to see if I would go out on Friday night, I would cover the receiver and whisper to her, 'Did you want to see that movie at the Biograph with me?' If she said yes, I'd tell him I was busy. She was my #1.
My friend Tammy had troubles, but it took me awhile to figure it out. She was a redhead who smoked menthols, loved music, dancing and beer. Her father was a judge, a real one, but she herself was totally non-judgmental.
The girls of The Carrie Diaries are loyalists to each other even as they struggle with their own sense of burgeoning identity and the choices (and consequences) that arise as they grapple with the awareness of their feminine power.
"Where did my Cowboy go?" What a great, great question. It's so layered, penetrating and surgically precise. It was asked by an old college friend o...
My 60-something friends Barbara and Richard recently celebrated their first anniversary. Getting married solved not just one problem -- how to give Barbara spousal privileges in matters concerning Richard's health -- but a second one too: They no longer had to figure out what to call each other.