Home Is Where the People Are

“Are you sure?” I asked my uncle. I looked around the basement and waited for the catch. “Sure, I’m sure. Take it,” he said, dusting off the black leather. “You’ve got room in the truck and space in the new place. It’s yours.” Suddenly, Pop Pop‘s living room chair belonged to me. It was last month, and my boyfriend and I were en route to Ohio, where we now live and where I go to school. We had said our …

All the Lonely People

I received word the other day that a long-time acquaintance had died. We had worked together in the beginning years of my newspaper career, and while we hadn’t been that close, he nonetheless had represented a link in a circle of friends that was growing smaller every year. I was losing my history. Join the discussion: Grief and Loss – How do you cope? We were a hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking, fun-loving bunch back then, not eating right or exercising or generally …

Formula for Weight Loss: Support + Science = Success

The novel notion that friends make friends fat made news when researchers analyzing data from the Framingham Heart Study found evidence that “clusters of friends appeared to ‘infect’ each other with obesity, unhappiness and smoking.” At the same time, the researchers found that good habits, such as quitting smoking, being trim and being happy passed “from friend to friend almost as if they were contagious viruses.” These groundbreaking observations were based on a long-term study established in 1948 by the …