Love Is Love Is Love
Valentine’s Day is a few days away, and with it the deluge of flowers and candy. But as these bloggers and sites show us, there are lots of ways — and people — to love.
The Book of Life
The Book of Life, an offshoot of The School of Life, is a resource about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, and your anxieties. It’s meant to be read bit by bit, as it continues to evolve — a site to return to over time.
“I no longer remembered the name of the girl my husband had an affair with. It was interesting to me that this name, a name I had previously hated, a name that circled my mind over and over like a rusty old record, had suddenly slipped out of my brain.”
What a Break Up Can Do to You
Post-romantic breakup, the blogger at An Historian About Town confronts the questions that will shape her life, going forward. “I don’t know where I stand on anything anymore. I don’t know what my life is or what I’m going to do with it.”
You must stop reminiscing at every date.
Monica Byrne shares a winning poem that her father, Donald E. Byrne Jr., wrote about her mother. It was originally published at Red Clay Review.
“There was a pair of shoes at Nordstrom’s last week that Dave would have loved, but I didn’t buy them because I couldn’t remember his shoe size.
And, obviously, also because dead men do not need shoes.”
Ra Avis remembers her husband, 1000 days since his death.
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.
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.