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  1. One Phone Call Can Change Everything

    “A lot can change in the course of one phone call.” At Commode to Joy, Jamie Muscato writes about her father’s death, her strong bond with her brother Troy, and the call that changed everything seven years ago.

    Death
  2. 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.”

    Personal Essay
  3. “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.”

    Commentary
  4. 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.

    Family
  5. Five Writers on What It Means to Be a Friend

    Five stories and perspectives on friendship.

    Personal Essay
    "Secrets" — from "It Takes Two" by Jane Lurie.
  6. 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.

    Authors
  7. 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.

    Family
  8. 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.”

    Relationships
  9. 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.

    Humor
  10. “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.”

    Personal Musings
  11. 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.

    Nostalgia
    Image via When I Do Get the Manual?
  12. Start New

    “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.

    Family
  13. 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.

    Language
  14. 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.

    Memoir
  15. 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.

    Commentary