Posted on Oct 30 2014 - 12:00am by David

“Your soul-deep beauty is way more alluring than what any of those models offer,” I told Amber, as we walked past a giant Victoria’s Secret billboard in New York City’s Herald Square. We had been dating for about a month, and I was trying to tell her how much discovering her as a person was helping me to say “no, thanks” to the constant invitations to...

I had some time to myself this weekend and mustered the brain power to sort through some of Dan’s things. I had already disposed of and divided out various clothing articles and a few special items that I gave to family and friends, but I felt brave and decided to open up the file cabinet. As I read through the contents, I was surprised at my sentiment. What struck me was, of course, some sadness and loneliness, but mostly, it was a sense of accomplishment. Those files contained our triumphs and failures of the last five years, right...

One of my favorite songs since getting married has been ‘Enough’ by Tyrone Wells. The chorus goes like this, “If all I heard was your promise, and all you felt was my touch. If all we had was each other, We’d have enough.” I had the pleasure of actually meeting Wells at a concert in Chicago because I was working the show selling merchandise for another...

The baby had barely taken a nap that afternoon. He was whining because I wasn’t letting him stir the hot soup in the pot on the stove. I could feel a headache coming on after a long day by myself and getting over a cold. AND, on top of it all, Joseph wasn’t due home for several more hours after the varsity soccer game. UGH. It was only Tuesday. For my family,...

“What’s wrong with dating today?!” my grandma exclaimed as she watched TV. “When I was growing up we didn’t dance like that. We did partner dances.” Source: Reddit.com She was referring to a scene blaring on the television. The setting was a night club: the music was loud and a half-naked woman was twerking up against a guy in the crowd. My grandma was...

It took me awhile to fall asleep the other night, lying there between my husband and my 9-month-old daughter. As I cuddled my sleeping girl, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the heartache of those who have lost their loved ones. Kara and her family. On my mind was the pregnant mother who recently died in Virginia, leaving behind a husband and four young children....

Posted on Oct 22 2014 - 9:00am by Hanna

Life can be difficult. Marriage can be hard. Kids can be stressful. Work can be demanding. We often feel pressure to fulfill a “do it all” persona we create for ourselves. But, we can only do so much before our energy fizzles, our motivation tanks, and our interactions with family and friends, as a result, become less than enjoyable. We may even become irritable,...

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 9:00am by David

“Amber,” I asked, “do you love me?” She paused and looked down. It was a late weekday night, we had class the next day, and we were talking about our hopes of engagement.  Now my question hung in the air of that dirty stairwell, awaiting a response. “I don’t know,” she finally managed. We were inches apart, but immediately I felt the distance in her...

5 years ago I had it all. I was the Agency Director for a PR-firm, I had a beautiful apartment, and I was enjoying all the pleasures of fleeting nature imaginable. I knew I was supposed to be feeling on top of the world, but my heart was very restless. If this is it, I asked myself, if this is the meaning of things, why does it feel like I’m stuck in an alley? Rickard...

Posted on Oct 17 2014 - 9:00am by Brittany

I know that a lot of people don’t talk about it, but here I go. I have been struggling with depression for a long time now. Every day is a battle. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, it is always lurking, just waiting to rear its ugly head.Some days are better than others. Depression can rule your life if you let it. I choose not to let it control me completely....