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Love One Another: Asking For Help

About a year and a half ago, when I was going through a good deal of personal difficulty, I was extremely blessed to have friends who offered to help me in many ways that I could never repay. A good friend from work helped me sort things out at the office, another dear friend let me stay in her apartment and took care of my two cats, and numerous friends took my frantic calls at four in the morning. I don't know how I could have gotten through that time without help, and I feel extremely humbled by the generosity of those close to me. I'm a person who prefers to do things by myself. Partly, it's the satisfaction of accomplishing something alone....

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Love One Another: The Generosity of Teachers

Several of my friends recently went back to school, got their Master's in Education, and became teachers. I feel extremely humbled to hear about five AM wake-up calls, Sundays spent grading papers, and answering homework questions over the phone after dinner. The work that they do takes physical, mental and emotional stamina. As a student, I didn't fully appreciate everything my teachers gave me. I went to a boarding high school where most teachers lived on campus. After dinner, I would often pop over to my Pre-Calc teacher's house to get help on quadratics. My Spanish teacher and advisor hosted me in her home on numerous occasions when the dorms closed for break. I took all of this for granted, and assumed it was a given...

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Love One Another: At Home With Friends

One of my favorite ways to spend time with friends is to have them over at my place. There's something so comforting to me about having my buddies, my partner, and my fur babies all gathered together in the place where I work and sleep. Having a bunch of friends hang out in my live/work studio sort of reminds me living in the dormitories in college, where people often crammed a dorm room together to hang out and didn't mind sitting on the floor or drinking wine out of mugs. Before friends come over, I often stress out while making sure that everything is clean and that there's enough food for everyone. Last night, two hours before Super Bowl LI, I was busy vacuuming the...

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Love One Another: Making Space

At the beginning of this year I went on a decluttering spree à la Marie Kondo. Before being introduced to the KonMari method, I've always been the sort of person who kept a lot of stuff around. A vast number of dresses and blouses tended to be smushed together in my closet, wanting air. Boots and sneakers would often be found lying in a crumpled heap on the floor. Stashed away containers of binder clips and staples would make drawers stick upon opening. I've previously mentioned that I share a 600 square foot studio with another human and three pets. There aren't any extra closets where I can stash things, and hoarded objects don't hide well here. So, following Ms. Kondo's advice,...

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