The Difference Between Love and Sex

The Difference Between Love and Sex

Going beyond the birds and the bees. My mom taught me all about sex when I was a young girl, but it wasn’t because she sat me down for “the talk.” Instead, I heard the noises coming from her bedroom on nights her boyfriend stayed over. My mother was particularly loud,...
How “The Gift Of Fear” Changed My Life Forever

How “The Gift Of Fear” Changed My Life Forever

The first time I read “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker, I was 25 years old and deathly afraid of the world. Watching the news on TV didn’t help. Every day, I saw stories of rape, murder, kidnapping and other things too horrible to comprehend. Although I locked my...
The Courage To Be Kind

The Courage To Be Kind

Why Cinderella’s mother was right. My 12-year-old daughter Vanessa has an arch-nemesis in her middle school. His name is Michael, and he sits next to her in three of her classes. She’s been complaining about him for the last few months. “Michael is so weird,” she...
The Best Friend I Never Had

The Best Friend I Never Had

I thought Robin was the coolest person I’d ever met. We liked the same music, bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division. Her knowledge of 80s Brit Pop far surpassed mine, and I fell in love with every new band she recommended. Robin loved antique stores and Goodwill, always...
When Your Boss Is An Abusive Jerk

When Your Boss Is An Abusive Jerk

“Please God,” I prayed out loud in my car. “Don’t let David yell at me today. Don’t let him fire me.” This was how I started every workday, arriving half an hour early to pray for a few minutes and walking into the office 15 minutes before my shift. David warned me...

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