The Profound And Unexpected Gift of Small Talk
Hillary Rector
By Hillary Rector

I love this line in “What A Wonderful World” that says: “I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’ ‘How do you do?’ / They’re really sayin’ ‘I love you.’” Whether or not it was the songwriter’s intention, I like the line because it gives weight and meaning to everyday kindnesses we can all participate in. And […]

The Danger of Bringing Ego Into Politics
Al Andrews
By Al Andrews

It was an ordinary Saturday morning in D.C. I’d had breakfast earlier with friends who worked on the Hill and was cleaning up my apartment. Music was playing on the radio. Though the time I’m talking about was in the 1980s, it seems like it was yesterday. About 12:30 PM, I got a call on […]

Why It Doesn’t Matter How You Feel About Your Friends
Shauna Niequist
By Shauna Niequist

My husband and I were talking in the car the other day, and he said something about a friend of ours. He said, “She’s really good at being a friend.” And in the silence, we were thinking of a couple people we love very much but who, frankly, are not so good at being friends. […]