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"Fiona" and I have been friends since freshman year of college, and we have been close for more than a decade. About a year ago, Fiona got married and gave birth to a lovely baby girl, whom I adore. I am thrilled for her new life. However, as she transitions into a new mom, I've [...]

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I'm a recent college graduate who, like the vast majority of my generation, has found herself living at home while trying to save up enough to move out. I live in a large house with my sister, her two young children, and my aging parents. I have three other siblings older than I am. My [...]

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Weekend Open Thread

The world seems to be falling apart, but instead of focusing on this week's news — especially "Brexit" and what it means for all of us — I'm going to think instead of the ripples of positivity set in motion over the past few days. We got to see Jackson graduate from pre-k earlier this [...]

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I am a gay Irish man and have been dating my Mexican boyfriend for the last five months. He is twentyyears my junior at 31 and it is going really really well — the age difference isn't a problem, the intimacy is perfect, and we are so comfortable in each other's company. He even told [...]

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I am a 27-year-old female and for two months have been seeing someone who is 31. We are both at the point in life where we want a family. We really like each other and we fit pretty well. A few weeks ago he mentioned the name of someone I had an affair with ten [...]

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40% off Flash Sale at ModCloth

ModCloth is having a 40% off Flash Sale (on select items) until tomorrow morning. Here are my picks for best of sale: When the Going Gets Ruffle Dress in Midnight I’ll Cutout Early Watch Good Thing Easygoing Sleep Shorts in Lagoon (I ordered these to lounge around the apartment in this summer) On-Location Jubilation Shorts [...]

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I'm 35 and have been with my boyfriend for six months. I never had kids because I was waiting for that special someone I could share moments and grow old with, but my boyfriend has three beautiful girls. It took a while for them to warm up to me, but today we all get along [...]

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This by no means is a large problem but more of an annoyance. I have a niece who is 32 years old and, anytime she wants to send me an invitation, thank you, or anything, she emails me for my mailing address which has been the same for over ten years. Not only have I [...]

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To say that my in-laws are difficult is an understatement. Two years ago we moved fifteen minutes away and, to them, a fifteen-minute drive is like driving out of the state, so it helped quite a bit to limit the weekend stop-overs. One of the issues I am currently having is that, when they do [...]

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Weekend Open Thread

Ugh, this week was a tough one. Between the terrible news in Orlando, some health issues in my family (including what I suspect might be another ear infection for poor Joanie who has an appointment in just a bit to check it out), and saying good-bye to a close friend tonight who is moving away [...]

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I received from my sister your response to her letter, and I feel it is appropriate to provide the correct context for the events described by my sister and my reaction/comments to her. My sister and I had a discussion over her decision to not invite our dad's wife to her wedding. I explained that, [...]

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"Mike" and I dated in high school, went our separate ways after graduation, and then thirty years later got back together. I moved back to where I grew up, and he insisted I move in with him. We love each other and have fun together. He has two daughters, 25 and 23, whom he raised [...]

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My father has never been a father to me or my brothers. He and my mother divorced and he has since married a woman who is an alcoholic. I guess he feels she is better than being alone. Anyway, I was invited to his house for dinner with my fiancé so he could meet my [...]

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Friday Links

Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you: When Feminists Take On Judges Over Rape Rape survivor opens the UK's first maternity clinic for sexual assault victims In case you missed it: Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker I do not know your [...]

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It’s time again for Shortcuts. For every question, I’ll give my advice in just a few sentences because sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great that being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. I talked to a [...]

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