New Line of Empathy Cards Says What You Can’t


Emily McDowell’s new line of empathy cards are funny, honest and many times poke fun at the platitudes people so often reach for when they are scared.

How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick


As we age, our family and friends face illness. Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s book, “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick” offers advice on what to say and how to help.

American Grandma Pays for Wounded Afghan Boy’s Education

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Grandma Cindy Barrett saw an NBC Nightly News story featuring 12-year old Obaid, an Afghan boy who lost his two sisters and his two legs in a bombing. She sprang into action to help him.

Girlfriends Are Important for Women


A university professor of psychiatry explained the mind-body connection to his students by telling them there’s a relationship between stress and disease. “One of the best things a man can do for his health is to be married to a woman,” he said. “Whereas one of the best things a woman can do for her […]

Remembering Marilyn on Her Birthday

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After my best friend died, I invited ten of her closest friends and her three daughters to a “Remembering Marilyn on Her Birthday” gathering. What better day to gather than on her birthday.