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Join The Party: The Power and Importance of Female Friendships

Cherish Relationships, Friends and Community
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“No, thanks. I’m not really a joiner.”

How many times have you heard that? Or said that? If you’re anything like me, the answer is plenty – on both counts.

Though I’ve written whole novels and even a whole series of novels centered on the subject of community and friendship among women, I don’t think of myself as a joiner.  Much of the time, I prefer to keep my own company or hang out with the imaginary friends who inhabit my books. I spend so much time alone, and so comfortably, that I have occasionally been accused of being a hermit. continue reading

Reviving the Lost Art of Letter Writing

Friends and Community
letter writing lost art
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The prediction I’m about to make is somewhat surprising, possibly even audacious. So I want you to remember that you heard it here first.

I believe that letter writing is about to make a comeback. continue reading

Starting (or Joining) a Bookclub: Friends, Food, and Fellowship

Books, Friends and Community
how to start or join a book club
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One of the biggest pleasures of reading a good book is discussing it with other readers.  There’s no better place to do that than a book club.

There really aren’t any downsides to joining a book club. I mean, sure every now and then you might not love one of the books. But even that can have its benefits.  Sometimes, discussing a book or character you didn’t care for can be even more fun than talking about one you did! Who doesn’t love trash talking the villain you love to hate? continue reading

Doing Good for Others is Also Good For You: 30 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

Friends and Community, Grow in Wisdom
random acts of kindness ideas

I was raised on the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Chances are you were too. But did you know that doing good for others is also good for you?

Studies have shown that being kind to others and doing good deeds on a regular basis can help reduce anxiety, increase personal happiness, and even promote heart health and longevity.

Wait…the antidote to anxiety is a random act of kindness?

Possibly.

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