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Love & Affection

Friendship as a Driving Force in Stories about Grown-Ups

“Flower Hunters,” Lauren Groff’s short story in the New Yorker, includes this passage:
“She picks up her cell – she wants to tell her best friend, Meg, about her sudden overwhelming love for the ghost of a Quaker naturalist – but then she remembers that Meg doesn’t want to be her best friend anymore.

“A week ago, Meg said very gently, I’m sorry, I just need to take a break.”
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Love & Affection

Does Sex Really Matter?

What is the key difference between romantic relationships – which are valued and respected and pondered and studied and celebrated and, well, romanticized – and all of the other close and meaningful relationships in our lives? Relationships with our closest friends, that may have...
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How we live now

How to Value Our Friends and Everyone Else’s, Today and Every Day

Never before in recent American history have friends been so important to our everyday lives. They are important because they embody American values of equality, choice, self-expression, individualism, freedom, fluidity, and flexibility. They are important because our families have never been smaller than they are now, because fewer people are marrying, and those who do marry are getting to it later in life than they once did. And rates of remarriage are dropping. With fewer brothers and sisters, aunts,...
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How Do Single and Married People Help their Communities? Nationwide Data

One of the sticky stereotypes of single people is that they are selfish and self-centered. Supposedly, they are not the ones volunteering in their communities – married people are. But is that really so? The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects systematic data on eight major categories of volunteer work (and two miscellaneous categories). The most recent report shows that the perception of single people as self-centered is just a myth. When it comes to volunteering, single people contribute to every kind of...
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