A FRESH TAKE ON NURTURING MOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY AND EVERY DAY

2019-04-23T11:57:00-04:00

Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash By Alison Corey It was a warm and glowing May afternoon in the late 1980s. I was wearing my jelly sandals and a rainbow romper. I danced across the sidewalk to our neighbors’ front yard. I grabbed a handful of hyacinths begging to be picked at the edge of their yard, and quickly dashed back to my house. Bursting through the door, I retrieved the card I made in school a few days earlier from my backpack, and found my mother in the kitchen washing the dishes from breakfast. It was similar to many Sunday mornings, only this [...]

A FRESH TAKE ON NURTURING MOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY AND EVERY DAY2019-04-23T11:57:00-04:00

INTIMATE REQUESTS: KEEP IT FRESH

2019-08-09T11:13:53-04:00

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash By Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC “When you do things from your soul, a river moves through you. Freshness and joy are the signs.” ~Rumi “Wait,” I called after him. “Before you leave, let me look at you — take you in for a second.” He stopped. And staring into those luscious pools of deep green, my heart jumped, then danced its happy dance. Wow. Nice unexpected start to the morning. Even better, as an additional perk, the sweet memory lingered, making my entire day feel cozy, rich, and expansive. A fresh start. A fresh start for us. This [...]

INTIMATE REQUESTS: KEEP IT FRESH2019-08-09T11:13:53-04:00

WHAT IF IT’S BETTER TO RECEIVE THAN TO GIVE?

2019-03-25T12:23:32-04:00

Photo by Jeremy Cai on Unsplash By Juna Guetter In a world that celebrates giving, the aspect of receiving is often missed. Receiving isn’t a quality that gets much attention or the respect it deserves. It’s often buried underneath the pile of more honorable deeds like giving. There’s even a Biblical saying embedded in our cultural conditioning: “It is better to give than to receive.” And we’ve believed it to be true without question. What this creates is a world of stressed-out people proving to themselves and others that they are good based on what they do, how much they volunteer, how much they [...]

WHAT IF IT’S BETTER TO RECEIVE THAN TO GIVE?2019-03-25T12:23:32-04:00

TINDER IS THE NIGHT

2019-08-09T11:33:20-04:00

Photo by Victoria Roman on Unsplash By Anna Wilking When I first created a Tinder profile I did it in jest at the prompting of a friend. I had just defended my dissertation on sex work in Ecuador after an 18-month period of intense academic rigor. To say that I lived the existence of a nun would be an understatement. I followed a strict regiment in which I went to bed early and woke up early to have my breakfast and set off to the NYU library for a day of writing in precise 45-minute chunks. I would take a lunch break in which [...]

TINDER IS THE NIGHT2019-08-09T11:33:20-04:00

Simple Manners Can Make For a More Civil Society

2019-08-09T10:47:14-04:00

Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash By Marilyn Pellini As I was about to pay my check at the local sandwich shop, two teenage boys joined me at the register. They looked fairly affluent, dressed in Under Armour from head to toe. They were definitely not thugs. Suddenly I felt a bump on my shoulder, and an arm shot directly in front of my face, and I was forced to jump back a little. One of the boys reached across for a menu. Not a word of apology was uttered, and I have to admit I was rather annoyed since I am a senior [...]

Simple Manners Can Make For a More Civil Society2019-08-09T10:47:14-04:00

LOVE ACTUALLY – THE ABSENCE OF LOVE IN YOUR 40’S

2019-08-09T12:59:20-04:00

by Anna Wilking For anyone who has been single at an age when you’re “supposed” to be partnered, it can be a gut-wrenching time. After a sudden and terrible breakup with a (terrible) partner, who I was willing to hunker down with and squeeze out some babies, I suddenly found myself alone and heartbroken at the age of 38. I had been with my partner for several years and could have never foreseen the circumstances that led to my walking out (more on that later). Little did I know that I would be single for the next four years. Yes, I [...]

LOVE ACTUALLY – THE ABSENCE OF LOVE IN YOUR 40’S2019-08-09T12:59:20-04:00
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