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What I've Learned About Friendship From My Kids

All of them, all those ordinary people, my special friends have one thing in common: Only because I choose to open my eyes, my ears and my heart to those who happen to cross my path of life, am I able to call them my friends. read more

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How to Find Couple Friends

I knew I was grown-up and married when I started using the word “the” to talk about my friends. Finding a friend is difficult. Finding friends as a married couple is twice as hard. Finding friends as a couple with kids can seem near impossible. But it’s not. read more

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Hiding in the Milk Aisle

I’m in the grocery store, speed-walking toward dairy, when I glance down the cereal aisle and spot my neighbor. It’s either hide in the milk or serpentine my way to snack foods. I imagine the hurt look on Doris’s animated face if she knew my intentions. read more

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5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Hostess this Thanksgiving

In my eleven years of being married I've made a lot of blunders as a hostess, the biggest of which happened right before my wedding day. I said no to guests wanting to come at the last moment. That is, I said no to my mother-in-law, who wanted to invite them read more

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Mobile Hospitality

Because my friend is a mobile hostess. She takes hospitality on the road. Everyone is a guest in her presence. She creates a place for others to feel welcome right where they are. Just as they are. read more