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4 Essential Ways To Support A Friend Going Through A Hard Time

As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. The last few weeks have been pretty hard for me. An immediate family member is in the hospital; while they aren’t in mortal danger, the situation is messy and as their power of attorney, I’m having to juggle my emotional stress with a legal responsibility that feels uncomfortable but is nonetheless necessary. Additionally, there have been other, uh, unpleasant developments in my personal life that have left my heart feeling incredibly bruised and disappointed. Yet the last few weeks have been made much more manageable thanks to my amazing family, friends, and coworkers, who have shown their support in just the right ways. After the jump, a 4-step plan for supporting a friend or family member who’s going through a crappy time. If you have any additional steps you want to add, share them in the comments! Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Forget Sisters, It’s My Brother Who Keeps Me Sane

When we were kids, my younger brother Greg drove me bonkers. His favorite activity was lying like a corpse on my bed while I screamed, “GET OUT, GET OUT, GET OUT!” until I finally dragged him into the hallway. He also liked hiding, then jumping out and scaring me. He wailed like a cat in an imitation of my singing in the shower. I found out he read my diary. (How? By reading his.)

But we were still fiercely protective of each other, especially as the only Chinese kids in a neighborhood rampant with racism, and as we got older, we became more friends than squabbling siblings, banding together against our nagging parents and their disapproval of our non-traditional pursuits (book writing for me, screenwriting for him). But it was when I was going through the toughest time in my life that Greg became not just my ally but my voice of reason, my Cassandra, the one person I knew who was unafraid to tell me the truth. Keep reading »

Let Love Call The Shots

Soap operas love drama with a cheesy soundtrack, but unfortunately, there’s a small chorus of haters for As The World Turns. This season the show has broken ground with their two new characters, Luke and Noah, a committed gay couple. Okay, so they’ve kissed three times on screen and they’re already moving in together, but they’re so cute…and so controversial. The American Family Association wants people to protest all Proctor & Gamble products (Tide, Crest, and Pampers are among them) because they say the company, which produces ATWT, “promotes the homosexual agenda”. To see where America really stands, P&G, who included the gay love story on the show in an effort to show diversity, has set up a hotline. If you want to see more of these two hunks kissing, you can call the number to support Luke & Noah. You don’t have to give your name or any information, just a push of a button so they can keep pushing each other’s.

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