How often do you wash your coffee mug?

Long ago, in my dating days, I went on a first date. We were talking about how much we both liked coffee when he said, “My officemate doesn’t wash his coffee mug. He lets it sit on his desk overnight, and it gets really gross rings around the inside. It can’t be sanitary.” And then

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Jessica’s chair

(2014) Jessica had the office across from yours for two years. At first you helped with her lesson plans, but eventually you started talking about everything. One day, you made the choice to be in love with her. We are always responsible for these things—even if they sneak up on us, we are always choosing.

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Three Ways to Be Happier Today

1. Ask yourself: will this matter five years from now? Sometimes, the answer is yes. But sometimes, it’s something that you can easily smooth over. Forget the fight you had with your sister, the invitation that went unanswered, your drama at work. It is very likely that circumstances will transpire that make the situation that

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Ask Kristyn #4: “I’m scared to like someone again.”

Have a question for me? Email it to kristyn@kristynchildres.com with the subject “Ask Kristyn.” Hi Kristyn, I have been on a few dates with a wonderful guy named Jeff. Things are going well. I feel like I should be really happy about this all the time, but instead, I am dealing with some fear and sadness. I

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Feeling unsure about love? This one’s for you.

I thought I was a poet in college. I remember sitting in my poetry teacher’s office during office hours. We were supposed to talk about my poetry (some of it was pretty bad), but I really wanted to ask her some questions. I would have said something like this: When did you fall in love,

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