Idaho: What Makes Love Last?
Ashlin Horne on love: “It isn’t an illusion of stability that we can fit inside of cabinets and between four walls. That won’t keep us in the arms of another person. It isn’t just forty years of furniture and picture frames that keep it together.”
“Little things — things that used to be simple and all my own — became packaged and delivered out into the world. My life was ready to be consumed.”
If Honeyfunds Were Realistic
From Lactaid Fast Act Chewables to “one year of marriage counseling,” Marika Malaea gives honeymoon funds a more prosaic (and hilarious) spin.
Five Writers on What It Means to Be a Friend
Five stories and perspectives on friendship.
A Very Awkward Breakup
“My mind was spinning. Love with a Chance of Drowning was due to publish in three months time but the love itself was drowning.” Torre DeRoche had to promote her memoir at the same time she and her partner had split. At The Fearful Adventurer, she explains what happens.
A Rainbow for Moonbeam
“I got to thinking:
Say something that will let her close that door and move on.
I got to thinking:
Say something that will let you close that door and move on.”
Musings from Terah van Dusen on her mother.
Donna-Louise Bishop on dealing with disappointment in a marriage: “Sometimes, even maybe most of the time, one of us has to love that little bit harder.”
Sorry I’ve Been A Sh*tty Friend: A Multiple Choice Form Letter
“Someone asked me, “Hey, how’s (fill in name of friend here)? (He’s/She’s) got to be almost (ready to move/ready to have a baby/done with school), right? And it really drove home how long it’s been since I (emailed/tweeted/tagged you in a photo)!” Dina Honour creates a handy letter template.
“As an introvert, you need to know yourself. What you need, and what stresses you out. It’s not about what you can do. Most introverts can impersonate social butterflies when necessary. . . . It’s about balancing the cost of those performances with your own mental health.”
Falling Half in Love with Strangers: What’s the Word for That?
Blogger Quinn reflects on a past encounter with a stranger in Vienna, Austria.
“Sean knows me, recognizes these lows after 18 years together, and has mastered worrying from a gentle distance.” When Amanda feels herself sliding, she trusts those closest to her to shepherd her toward the sunshine.
Falling Half in Love with Strangers
“The whole evening I had been suspended in a bubble with Max, and now I felt like I was holding a pin, ready to burst it and step out into the real world again.” Quinn describes a beautiful, meaningful encounter with a stranger in Vienna some years ago.
Moving is hard. Sometimes, it’s brutal.
“Loss is a fundamental part of traveling; people rarely tell you that.” A traveler looks back on the time he said goodbye to North Carolina — and to Ashley.
When Do Politics Decide Friendship?
“The quicker we leave, the less chance we have for weaving something better than all that politics has failed to deliver.” When it comes to friendship and politics, pastor J.S. Park encourages us to build — not burn — bridges.
Portrait of an Eternal Romantic
Love is blind, but can it also be deaf? A tale of romance, salad, and misophonia (aka, the aural sensitivity that causes some people to fly into a rage at the sound of chewing).