Needed

Needed

Somewhere deep down, we all want to feel needed here, beyond Can you count these paper clips? Way beyond Turn in your time sheets. So far beyond Pay your doctors’ bill or It’s time for your colonoscopy. Today, I’m mostly wondering why we pick some people as distinguished visitors, and others as just the regular [...]

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How to cancel your pity party

How to cancel your pity party

I used to babysit a little boy who would say (on repeat during his Cars movie obsession), “Oh no! Tow Mater’s stuck in the mud! Stuck in the mud! Stuck in the mud!” And it reminds me of the emails I receive from readers all over the world. I’m stuck in the mud… I’m stuck in the [...]

If time could talk

If time could talk

  On tonight's agenda: family dinner. My brother's long-time girlfriend will pick up pizzas from Anthony's, one large brushchetta and one large pepperoni. He texted in the group family chat, Does this work for everyone?, as if the guy at Anthony's doesn't know our name and our order and my womanly status by heart, every [...]

This One’s for All the Readers with Dads Who Didn’t Survive Addiction

This One’s for All the Readers with Dads Who Didn’t Survive Addiction

  Dear Author, Thanks for sharing your story. But, honestly, it pissed me off. You forgot one key thing: not everyone gets a happy ending.  My dad didn't survive. But I'm glad yours did. Signed, Broken Dear Broken, Do you know what it feels like to cross the finish line of a marathon and breathe [...]