By Joshua Graham
Author of Darkroom
Be the person your dog thinks you are. Have you ever heard that phrase before? We laugh sometimes at how naïve, and utterly devoted our quadruped friends can be while at the same, we time nod in unspoken acknowledgement when we see characters like Dug in the movie UP. Dug is best known for his line, “I have just met you, and I love you.” He’s onto something.
By Lori Andrews
Author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did
A few years ago, a 24-year-old friend was hunting for a job. But every time I got a news feed on Facebook from her, it said that she was playing Mafia Wars. She had the mistaken idea that everything she did on the Internet was private. I started collecting studies that showed employers peeked at social network pages when making decisions. Here’s my advice for you job applicants out there.
Today marks the 13th anniversary of the tragic plane crash of John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. RoseMarie Terenzio, executive assistant to the late JFK Jr. and author of Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss, remembers how even though John could be insensitive, he and Carolyn worked through their issues and went from dating to living together within a year.
By Ted Kewin and Denise Jaden, author of Never Enough
In the beginning, relationships are really quite simple, aren’t they? You like someone, you go on a date, you date some more, and eventually you decide to commit. At this point you and your mate have a common goal: to make it work. You’re both excited about your future together. Skip ahead 50 years and look at the couples who finish each other’s sentences. How do they do it?
Weird science: If you want to build a relationship with your guy, clinical evidence says you should consider applying the “The 30-day Rule.” From Death of the Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know about Men Who Stray, by Maxwell Billieon and Ray J.
By Dan Bucatinsky
Author of Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?
From smart snacks to emergency stain removal and bedtime negotiations, summer with the kids can be more exhausting than relaxing. Here are some steps you can take to stand your ground as a firm parent, while keeping summer activities fun for everyone involved—after all, if you aren’t having fun, it’s most likely that no one is!
By Posie Graeme-Evans
Author of The Island House
This is the story of the third act. Not a story from a screenplay or one of my books—because finding the third act for a book is way easier, I think, than the second. (To be fair, I had to write, rewrite, and rewrite the end of The Island House before I got it right.) This is my life I’m talking about here. How many acts does your life have?
When you consider stepping into unknown territory in your life, you might develop a case of the “Yeahbuts,” those fears that hold you back. Here are seven strategies for reducing their power so you can effectively pursue your dream job. From The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, by Nicholas Lore
By Kristy Ojala
Editor, Tips on Life & Love
It’s a moment no pet owner wants to experience: Needing to provide life-saving care for a beloved animal, one that is out of reach financially, but one that has no dollar value. When the Martinez family saw its pet Kayla suffer a mortal chest wound from a freak backyard accident, they took her to the vet. Unable to afford the costly treatment she needed, they made the painful decision to euthanize Kayla.
Punctuate your Independence Day feast with this all-American combination of berries, biscuits, and bourbon from The Joy of Cooking. Our delicious twist on strawberry shortcake is a patriotic crowd-pleaser. All the components can be made ahead, allowing you to mingle, man the grill, speak reverently of constitutional democracy, or dodge roman candle barrages until it’s time to whip up dessert.