How do I defy my gift-loving family?
From Eve Andrews, at Grist: “Modern Christmas as its best self, I think, is a celebration of security and abundance and love, but that all takes place against a pervasive background fear that those things might be impermanent.”
“Putting the two sets of letters together – 96 in total – with my diaries, I realised I had invaluable source material which covered social attitudes of the time together with national and international events…. Throughout there is a love story and the building of a relationship.” At Alamore, Maureen Blake publishes letters and diary […]
It’s Not You, It’s Me: A Breakup Reading List
Experiencing heartache? At Longreads, Jacqueline Alnes compiles a reading list of essays that have allowed her to grieve.
Fifty Years of Mentoring
“These days, there are two main populations I end up mentoring: CEOs, and kids. At some level, they’re totally different. But at some level, they’re surprisingly similar.” On his personal blog, Stephen Wolfram reflects on his role as a mentor to people of all ages.
Wolf Connection is a youth education and empowerment program located in a therapeutic setting in the Angeles National Forest. With the help of rescued wolves and wolfdogs, young men and women (re)connect with nature, wildlife, and themselves.
Art of Friendship
In this photo essay, photographer Steve McCurry shares inspiring quotes and stunning images of friendship from around the world, including India, France, and Afghanistan.
A Cup of Jo
A Cup of Jo is the blog of Joanna Goddard, a writer with a background in women’s, lifestyle, and travel magazines. The site focuses on style, design, food, travel, relationships, and motherhood.
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.”