Love & Wisdom

How to Talk to Your Doc

How to Talk to Your Doc

Sharing what I learned from an unexpected diagnosis

When I was hit with a frightening diagnosis several years ago, the first thing I did in my doctor’s office was try to read the room…

The Youth Debt Crisis

The Youth Debt Crisis

How parents can help

As Gen Z seeks to gain stronger financial footing, parents or caregivers can help by understanding that Gen Z’s experiences are vastly different from their own…

Come Here Often?

Come Here Often?

The Seattle Book of Dates is a fun romp through the region

Eden Dawn and Ashod Simonian are married, but dating is very much on their minds…

What I’ve Learned from 50 First Dates

What I’ve Learned from 50 First Dates

Some lessons are obvious, but you'd be surprised

I’ve tried to think long and hard about what makes one date good and another terrible, or why I went out with one guy three times and another guy only once…

What Texting Codes Leave Us Scratching Our Heads?

What Texting Codes Leave Us Scratching Our Heads?

From ‘FWB’ to ‘NSFW,’ decoding acronyms has become a national hobby, bonding us in our confusion

Forget “BAE” – it’s now a relic of simpler times. And if you don’t know what it means, SMH. I’m going to make you Google it, like everyone else, LOL.

All You Need is Love, And Lots of Cash

All You Need is Love, And Lots of Cash

How much are Washington residents willing to spend on engagement rings?

If you’re in love and anything like the “average” Washington resident, it’s going to cost you…

15 Valentine’s Day Gifts

15 Valentine’s Day Gifts

Fleece slippers, chocolate figs, and The Book of Love

Who doesn’t want to celebrate love and make someone (anyone!) feel special? So, whether you’re all in or not so much, if you’re looking for gift ideas, here are a few to consider…

Clarity: Becoming a Beginner

Clarity: Becoming a Beginner

Change is inevitable. Let’s embrace it.

So, I shut up for the next minute or maybe even two. I stopped listening to what was being said and let my eyes wander around the studio before I began staring distantly at a spot on the wall above the window that looked out into the newsroom. I was like a pinball machine that had tilted.

Match Game 

Match Game 

Online dating requires skill. Here’s a simple guide.

Your profile is the digital first impression. Unlike the real world, you can’t rely on natural charm, inexplicable chemistry, pheromones, or other intangibles humans have used to attract a mate for millennia. Everything boils down to the pivotal profile. The reality is, most people spend between three to seven seconds on a profile before swiping left or right. So, it’s in your best interest to put some thought into it.

How to Survive and Thrive During the Holidays

How to Survive and Thrive During the Holidays

Firm boundaries aren’t just for cats

My cat kept jumping onto the bed as I made it. He’d dive into the folds, scratching my comforter. I set him on the floor and grabbed a nearby laundry basket, tipped it upside down, and trapped him underneath. He found this amusing. I finished the bed, then went on to make a few more. I forgot about him. 

A Painful  Lesson Learned

A Painful Lesson Learned

Regardless of circumstances, when hurt happens open your heart to injured parties

I grew up in a world, or ocean, of systemic white privilege. It’s sometimes hard to see, and sometimes understand, what I haven’t experienced. I was taught to see racism or misogyny or homophobia only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.

Debate, Devour, Divide

Debate, Devour, Divide

How weaponized language spreads disinformation

Now, those on the left are using it to attack one another. In these online spaces, people tend to panic at the idea of being part of the problem. As a result, they try to position themselves as champions of a very perfect model of social justice that quickly shuts down anyone who doesn’t fit. People are trying to position themselves as the most moral individual with the best ideas and perfect grasp of language.

When Harry Met Allie

When Harry Met Allie

Not every meaningful connection results in love

I walk across the lobby toward the restaurant maitre’d, squeezing my abdominal muscles to balance in my heels on the marble floors. I identify my date from his photos sitting at a table in the back corner. To the chagrin of friends and family, I recently reset my dating app age preferences to max out at 45, not 40. 

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