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That Phone Call No One Could Prepare For

Ed note: folks, this story is from the bravest of the brave, a woman I am blessed to call my friend, Ella. Her story, heart-breaking as it is, also is heart-inspiring and shows that time can go a long way to maybe not repair what breaks, but help you reconsider that though you’ll never be […]

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Jane Austen and “No”

I’m a sucker for anything Jane Austen related, doubly so when references to Pride and Prejudice are involved.* Heck, I can’t even mention Ms. A without wanting to stand on a balcony and yell to the good people of Oakland, “Have you seen The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and if not why don’t you come eat some tasty popcorn I’ve […]

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You have to love, Love.

Between moving, cleaning the old place, a pretty wild amount of time on the phone with AT&T (though I did meet a lovely representative who lives in Florida and believes one day someone will make a dryer that also folds your clothes), hitting freelance deadlines, and spending more time writing on my book, instead of […]

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On Why I Breast My Cards

I’m actually pretty terrible at breasting my cards, or hiding my Scrabble letters, or not smirking at my own made up definitions during Balderdash. Hiding what I have rarely comes naturally to me, whether we’re talking games or personal opinions. And dear lord, if you’ve ever seen my face in motion, it’s an expressive piece […]

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Are You Serious About Austin? Part 2 of 2

(Ed note: This story began yesterday, and it’s recommended you start there before proceeding. Or not.) Where were we? Oh right… “Planning on kissing someone?” the man in a white-polo shirt asked me, sliding me a foil wrapped stick. “Planning on more than that,” I said. The men dissolved into laughter, and I walked into the […]

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Are You Serious About Austin? Part 1 of 2

I’m pretty sure this whole story began with my mom rolling her eyes behind my back. I mean, I wouldn’t know for sure – my back was turned. But it was indeed my mom who pointed out that Max, a fellow guest at an elegantly sweet New England wedding, had taken a shining to me. […]

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The Experience of Heartbreak in the Digital Age

Breakups put a knot in your heart, a stopping point for the old you and idea of an us. And modern gadgets, along with social media, keep that knot squeezed tighter and tighter, making if hard for a slip of a ribbon to eek out and precariously begin to flap anew. Sarah Hallacher observed of […]

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10 Photos You Should Not Use as Your Main Dating Profile Picture

(Ed note: Super excited to welcome back guest blogger Angie! She’s an engineer by day, food blogger on nights and weekends, and an all around thinker no matter the time in San Francisco. Though she’s happily coupled up now, today she reaches back into her personal archives and shares her giggle-inducing view of photos on dating website. […]

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Grow Anyway

It probably comes as no surprise (especially if you follow my Twitter feed) that I read a lot on the big, ol’ online (and even in print..I’m looking at you, YMCA copies of The New Yorker). Admittedly, I rely quite a bit on The Atlantic (I might be addicted) but one of my favorite means of […]

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Texts With Megan

  People who knew you before right this moment tend to bring a different insight on your YOU-ness than people you will meet after this moment. It’s one of the reasons I love strangers: they are able to show you who you can be. Old friends show you who you were though, and recognize when […]

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