Category Archives: Marriage

New Friends vs Old Friends

Great Expectations quote on how we treat friends

On Brain, Child this week I wrote about the way we treat new friends versus old friends, which relates to how we treat people very close to us (spouse, kids, other family members) versus how we treat friends in general. In other words, sometimes we’re jerks with those closest to us in ways we would NEVER…

To My Husband on His Birthday

birthday collage for bryan

Bryan’s birthday is today, which makes me wish I had written a special blog post all about him. But then I realized that 95% of what I write is about Bryan, starting with one of my earliest and most popular posts, “Writing Advice From My Husband.” There was the whole baby naming fiasco of 2011 when…

In Honor of My Mom’s Birthday

My mom in front of Winnetka Stitchery

My mom’s birthday is tomorrow! In honor of her special day, I’m sharing the marriage/parenting advice that she gave me most often while I was growing up. I remember her exact words because when I say “often,” I really mean it. She wasn’t taking any chances that I’d forget. That’s how important this tip was…

The Art of Communicating via Mixtape

text exchange with Jenni

I’m on Brain, Child today with a Valentine’s inspired post, “The Lost Love Language of the Mixtape,” in which I admit that I’m terrible at saying sentimental words aloud. Once upon a time, I let the art of the mixtape do all the talking for me. I was a mix master! I swear! Now, I probably…

Obsessing About Nonsense and a Jew Who Converts

trick to stop obsessing

Do you ever find yourself obsessing about the most nonsensical and meaningless decisions like what color towels to put in your bathroom? Your reasonable side knows that whatever you pick will be good enough. You know that there’s not one “right” choice. Still, against your better judgement you lose perspective. You think, there MIGHT be…