If I am not careful, I can take friendships for granted—especially in this chapter of my life in which working and parenting is just so all-consuming. I mean, y’all read my A Day in the Life post. You know how razor-thin my margin is these days. Still, I want to be as good a friend to my friends as they are to me. Here are a few of the ways I am practicing friendship these days.

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When life feels full to the brim, like it usually does this time of year, it’s good to remember the little things in life that make everything better. I’ve needed to pause and breathe in, breathe out with the lovely things in my life.

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Friendships: in this chat we talk about why we need to take the time for them even when life is busy, plus little ways we can better cultivate them. (The Internet, for all its foibles, can also be a really beautiful breeding ground for cultivating some of our best friends!) We also park a bit […]

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People say our ancestors knew more about plants than we do. Not my ancestors. Three generations ago, half my family still lived in the city, more familiar with street names than the names of flowers or trees. My grandmothers didn’t forage for herbal remedies, they bought cough syrup and calamine at the drugstore. Yet it’s true that on a grander scale, our collective knowledge about plant and animal life has dwindled.

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Am I ready for a summer break? You better believe it. But these kids, they’ve grown on me. I’m glad I said yes.

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Why it’s good to name frogs. And why it’s good to be around teenagers.

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