Personal Relationships

8 Things Not to Say to a Woman Who Doesn’t Want Children

This may seem like an odd addition to our Mother’s Day week theme, but when we’re talking about mothers, we also need to discuss the fact that motherhood is a calling. Motherhood is a drive. It’s something man...

6 Things Not to Say to a Woman Battling Infertility

Just before Mother’s Day in 2010, along with many women around the world, I read a heartbreaking article in the New York Times by writer Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos. The article, titled “Mother’s Day: A Cultural Cruc...

Practicing the Art of Selfish Happiness

How many times, as a woman, has someone given you the advice to “put yourself first”? We hear it often because, as women, we practice it so infrequently. It’s easy to put our families, our friends, our childre...


Pass Your Energy Along

I read this quote on Twitter last week, and it more than stuck with me. “Energy is not created or destroyed, it is only transferred.” Now, I don’t know much about actual energy transfer (other than growing up ...

The Four Minute Rule

On Sunday, my husband and I had an absurd shopping experience. We went bed shopping. Now, I realize this is something people do all the time….or every 10 or so years, I suppose, when one needs to buy a bed. But in general...

Do You Make Other People Happy?

Wandering over to The Women on the Web, I was happy to find author Gretchen Rubin is contributing there. Rubin is the renowned author of “The Happiness Project”, and a foremost expert on happiness, specifically happ...


Friends!

Just over a year ago, I moved to Chicago. My husband’s new job, our new life here in Illinois, I was excited for it all. But naively, I didn’t believe it would change much in my life. I thought I’d still be ju...

Want vs. Need in Personal Relationships

We all know there is a difference between wants and needs. I want a candy bar. I certainly don’t need one. I know this logically to be true. But our illogical selves are powerful and persuasive beings. They say, “Yo...

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Walking in Chicago this morning, I was stopped by a group of nonprofit workers with change buckets asking for support of our veterans. I emptied my change purse, and apologized to them that I didn’t have additional cash. ...


The Influence of Others: Removed

Every month when I get O Magazine, I quickly flip to the center area to find Martha Beck’s column. What does this extraordinary woman have to say this month? And her most recent article did not disappoint. In fact, I beli...