Give First

Most men and people for that matter are focused on what they will be able to get from a person. If they meet them they only see the value in it for what they can receive. Whether it is a romantic relationship, business relationship, or even just a friendship, focus on giving first.When you give first to the other person with no attachment to receiving, you are far more likely to get what you want. Your relationships will thrive much better when you don’t have to receive but can give....more

5 Ways To Respond To Hey Stranger And Other Annoying Texts

One of the most popular articles I’ve ever written has been “Hey Stranger… And 5 Other Texts You Should Never Send.” The number one question I receive from those who have read it is, how should I respond when I receive those types of texts?There is no one answer here. While I recommend that you don’t entertain these types of texts at all, you do have to take your history with the person into consideration....more

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Texts

It has recently come to my attention that men, women and everyone in between is in dire need of a lesson in text message etiquette. I’m no Miss Manners, but there are a few ground rules that I’m concerned far too few people are aware of....more

Day 25 - Text You Later

Part of my evening wind-down routine is to get onto the computer and do what I call "link leaps of faith."  You know when you click a link that takes you to another link and so on, and so on...?...more

Sexting as the new first base?

I have a friend with a name very close to my husband's. And I have to keep that in mind, because every time I pull up my husband's name in my phone's contact list, his name appears first. He's a good enough friend, so I've actually given him a fair warning that if he ever receives an inappropriate or confusing text from me to ignore it. (And preferably delete it.) Because when I send messages about being out of soap or a sappy "wish you were here" note, it was definitely meant for my husband....more

Hey Stranger… and 5 other texts you should never send

It’s cuffin’ season! Weather’s getting cooler (everywhere but in LA), and people start looking for that warm body to cuddle next to. Sept 1st hits and the “Hey Stranger…” text messages start rolling in like clockwork.In honor of this predictable text message and my detestation towards it, here are 5 texts / type of texts you should never send:...more

This text convo between my husband and me is everything

So, remember yesterday, when I made that abomination of a pie?...more

It Turns Out Joel the Interior Designer Wasn’t An Interior Designer OR Named Joel

Let’s take a moment to discuss pathological liars. I have already ranted about my ex-boyfriend, Joey, making up an entire vacation so that he didn’t have to hang out with me. And now you’ll find out about Joel…And, by the way, I feel okay using that name — because it’s technically not his name and I don’t think you can get angry at someone for using your real fake name.Joel, a very fashionable, good looking guy whom I met in a bar,  introduced himself as an Interior Designer.  I was impressed with that (never having met an interior designer before). We spoke for a few minutes near the coat check, and exchanged numbers....more

Day 6: LOL (sort of)

I have been anti-texting for as long as I can remember. Well, no, that’s not quite right. I haven’t been on a crusade to rid the world of texting. I just haven’t participated.Until now. Circumstances have prevailed against my passive resistance. Yesterday – [wait for it] – I added unlimited texting to my wireless plan. Yes, yes I did.As a relative newbie in the texting world, I still find the shorthand amusing. I hope as I get “older and wiser” in the ways of the txt, I don’t get jaded and cynical. I hope “LOL” will still elicit from me a giggle....more

20 Rules for Our New Teen and Her New Cell Phone

Yesterday we gave our 13-year-old birthday girl her own cell phone. It was unexpectedly one of the scariest things I've ever done as a parent. Not only did my imagination fill with news stories of heinous things young people have done with cell phones, but I realized how many ways cell phone usage - and texting in particular - can be potentially problematic. We trust our daughter implicitly, but it's a whole new world she's entering, and we don't want her entering it blindly....more