How I found personal freedom in a partnership

If you had described my current relationship to me before I was in it, I'd have walked — run! — away from the best thing I've ever known.

Turns out, I learned that I can be a more authentic me inside our relationship, because I'm loved and supported in a way that I often fail to love and support myself.

How to talk to your kids about poverty when they're growing up poor

I grew up very poor. I remember asking my mom if we were poor, because the kids at school said we were. She replied that we were poor by our communities standards, but by worldwide standards we were very fortunate. She talked to me about poverty very frankly and openly, and it really made an impression on me…

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I don't know what I did wrong: What should I do?

It's confusing and hurtful, to say the least. But we've all been left with self-esteem issues, too — worried that we're capable of causing incredible damage to our loved ones, without even knowing it.

I suppose there's not much to be done, other than to discuss it amongst ourselves and go to therapy. But if anybody has a great idea for helping us make peace when you don't know what you did wrong, I'd definitely appreciate it.

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What I'm learning from dancing poorly

Inspired by a local dancer's athletic performance in a show I saw years ago, I asked her if she would teach me some stuff. She said she would, and then I cried a lot because it's really hard looking stupid and learning new things. METAPHOR ALERT!

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What "are you ready for Spring?!" REALLY means

"Spring is coming, are you ready?" asked the pretty lady on a moped, who happened to pop up on my Facebook feed. Strangely, walking down the street, the same question was asked of me by a billboard, and then a shop window.

Well, yes, thanks for asking, I am ready. This winter has been cold and grey and devoid of snow. And I am so ready for spring.

But then I realized, what they all really meant…