How Can I Find Comfort When I Have so Little?

By Emily H There is a rug on the floor of my room. It is small and colorful and hand-sewn. I walk on it every day and it's ripping at the edges, but it has never gone unnoticed or unloved. Five years ago I found it in a box of knick-knacks from my mom's basement. I tucked it away with my things and took it with me to college. When I got to my first dorm room I unrolled it beside my bed before unpacking the few other things that I owned. Of everything that I brought with me, I quickly becam...
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What is the Antidote for Loneliness?

Many thousands of lonely people daily pay online sites in the hope of connecting romantically. Electronic gadgets keep the eyes of their users averted from the people around them; in return, the ignored feel invisible or, at least, discounted. People lose jobs and the relationships they provided, and then compound their alienation by withdrawing even further in shame or anger. Many people do not have the means to participate in social situations they would otherwise choose, and then erect a wall...
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How Can We Overcome Loneliness?

By Maxine T. I am English and my husband is American. We have lived in America all of our married life. I left my family to move to a country that, while similar in a lot of ways to my country of birth, is still very different. Needless to say, particularly in the early years of our marriage, there was a lot of adjusting. I not only had the learning curve of living with someone new, I also had a new culture to figure out. As newlyweds, my husband was in his last year at university and held...
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How Do Military Families Cope?

By Chandler S My father’s second tour of duty would turn out to be the hardest trial of my life. I grew up in a military family where my father served two tours of duty; the first to Iraq when I was in the 5th grade and the second to Afghanistan when I was a sophomore in high school. When time came for my father to leave, I noticed something different in my mother. She was still the same person but was coping with the stress of my father’s being deployed far differently than when he was on hi...
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