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The Cringe: an excerpt of ‘First Date Stories’ by Jodi Klein

Adam walked to the bench and sat down. Instead of looking at Maria, he directed his gaze downward and fixed it on his left shoe.
“Is everything all right?” she asked.

How to return to your hometown—and give back—after more than 20 years away

Many leave their hometown and never look back. After 22 years away, Olga reintroduced herself to her hometown and was surprised by what she found.

This middle-aged woman’s honest review of Natural Cycles, a non-hormonal birth control app

At 41, Bonnie needed a short-term birth control method until she starts trying next year. She tried a birth control app, and here’s what happened.

Why this 41-year-old went off The Pill two decades after deciding she never wanted kids

At 18, I decided that I never wanted to have kids. Now that I’m 41 and have a successful corporate career behind me, I’ve changed my mind.

Empty nester: who will I be without dependent children?

empty nest by the-dark-queen jumbleandflow

Empty nesting is a complicated web of emotions, but for this 45-year-old English mum, it’s also an opportunity to revisit creative ambitions and carve out a new path forward.

10 of the best funny dad quotes for Father’s Day or any day

Judd Apatow quote about Johnny Depp

Andy Richter once said, “I would say that the hardest thing about being a parent is these goddamned kids.”

Dear Dixie: We met online and I’m in love. When should we meet IRL?

A reader writes to advice columnist Dixie, “I met someone online, but heard through the grapevine she’s from a bad crowd. Should I still date her?” Are you a woman over 40? Submit your questions to Dixie—she’ll respond with kindness and no bullshit in equal measure.

Dear Dixie: Is it selfish to let friends go?

A reader writes to advice columnist Dixie, “Is it selfish to let certain friendships fall away?” Are you a woman over 40? Submit your questions to Dixie—she’ll respond with kindness and no bullshit in equal measure.

10 of the funniest quotes about motherhood, parenting, and raising kids

I was so cute when I thought I was tired before kids. So cute.

Wanda Sykes, Chrissy Teigen, Adele, and other moms tell it like it is. Exhaustion, puke, fantasies of freedom — it’s all here.

Many weed enthusiasts agree: sex and cannabis are a great combo

Sex and cannabis have long been in cahoots—just look at tantric texts. Author Danielle Simone Brand writes about how weed got her to “unrelenting waves of hell yeahs.” Spoiler: it’s not just about increased blood flow.

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