Anyone who has ever shared an office, car pooled or attended a family dinner with a vampire can attest to experiencing some common emotional side effects. Even after a brief contact, you feel worse. They feel better. To find out if you've been bled, watch for these signs. Experiencing even one indicates you've met a drainer on the prowl.
The other night, our book group welcomed a new member. It's been a long time since we added someone to our group, so we decided to spend a minute introducing ourselves. You know, the usual drill: tell a little about yourself, like the names and ages of your children, where they go to school or work, etc.
Whether they're childhood friends, neighborhood friends, family friends, girlfriends, boyfriends (or even boyfriends who eventually became boy friends, if you know what I mean), life wouldn't be half as much fun -- or as meaningful -- without the company of those who know what makes us tick (and vice versa).