Scary, Contagious Authenticity

Scary, Contagious Authenticity

“Hi Erika. We missed you last week. How are you?” I greeted my friend as she arrived at the Toastmasters meeting. “I’m fine.”  Erika’s words tried to communicate health and happiness, but the locked mouth and downcast eyes spoke louder than the sounds that came out of...
3 Wrecking Balls That Destroy a Friendship

3 Wrecking Balls That Destroy a Friendship

When it comes to developing friendships, are you using building blocks or wrecking balls? If you want to build strong, authentic, and intimate connections, you need to avoid the three wrecking balls that will destroy a friendship. LONGING FOR FRIENDSHIP Over the past...
Life As a Group Project

Life As a Group Project

Several years ago, I was pregnant with my third child and in the middle of a move. This required packing and transferring a household from one place to another with two toddler boys in tow. The trouble was, I couldn’t stand up for more than a minute or two without...
The Slow Surprise of Friendship

The Slow Surprise of Friendship

The house is still filled with boxes. Sharpie notations give clues to their contents, guiding me through the scavenger hunt to plates, metal spoons, and the internet router. My daughter’s little fingers rip at the packing tape, still too young to realize a loosening...
The Sacred Space of Friendship

The Sacred Space of Friendship

The four of us talked late into the night, enjoying a rare weekend together without our families. We laughed, we went deep, we teased and challenged one another. We were in the mountains of northern Georgia, celebrating 20 years of friendship that had started when we...

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