Coping with past histories

M and I have been married nearly 20 years, together for more than 25. A long shared history. However, we both had lives, friendships, relationships before we became a couple. Like everyone else. Not so stark difference with us is that vast majority of my friends pre-M have become part of the fabric of our…

Boozey-schmoozey summertime

A couple of my private clients run very social organizations.¬†Over the traditional holiday season and in the summer there are multiple parties for different tiers of their organizations with lots of really great food and booze. The raffle and door prizes are pretty stellar, too - everything from bottles of good booze and cases of…

Crisis of social confidence

My daughter is engaged. No progress has been made on setting a date or actually planning a wedding (all of which is fine with me - no need to rush). However, I had coffee with a friend this morning and she was talking about her daughter's showers and other wedding-related parties that are coming up…