How to reach out to a friend with social anxiety

I have a friend with severe social anxiety and depression. He lives with his mom now, doesn't leave the house, and I (and all of our shared friends) haven't seen him in about two years. All of our attempts to email/call/visit haven't worked and he won't reply. I know he's in therapy, but I'd love to help him if I can.

Is there any way I can reach out in a way that would feel safe for him?

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Aromanticism: What if romantic love goes extinct?

A musician I adore named Moses Sumney has a new album called Aromanticism. It's an exploration of our cultural fixation on romantic love, something that Moses says he's never experienced.

I'm reminded of this article: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? And all the news about how teens aren't having as much sex.

And then I think about this old post I wrote about how my grandchildren will shock me

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Gifts to welcome your newly announced childfree friend into the fold

Being childfree (as in, choosing not to have children for any number of reasons) hasn't been and still isn't well accepted in a lot of circles, particularly more traditional ones. So the decision to declare yourself childfree to friends and family can be met with a lot of push-back.

If you find yourself in a situation where a friend has told you they have decided to be childfree, perhaps you'd like to give them a token of support, and these childfree gifts are an awesome solution. Whether they'll be a traveling adventure-seeker, an kick-ass aunt or uncle, a devoted fur parent, or none of the above, there's a way to say you support them at every turn…

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What people totally get wrong about you when you're a private person

I envy anyone who is able to open up to acquaintances and sometimes even strangers about their personal lives. When shit goes down in their lives, you'll hear about it, and there seems to be something really freeing about that. I wouldn't know as I'm one of those super private people who needs a subpoena to get anything out of me.

The problem is, if you don't talk about your life, people will assume some pretty off-base things about you. Here's what I've found that people will totally get wrong about you when you're a private person…