“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose” -- Tennessee Williams

How to be Smarter: Small children are taught to say "thank you" when someone hands them something tangible. But big children should be taught to say thank you when someone hands them intangible things--support, sympathy, love, understanding, humor. "Thank you for answering my call last night so late--I was so upset." "Thank you for walking with me to get lunch today! Loved the company." "Hi Mom! Thanks for spending the last 20-odd years worrying about me on an almost constant basis." How to be Prettier: Industrial bags with girlie dresses are a contrast that is striking, and also tends to be exceedingly practical as industrial bags tend to fit more than girlie purses. I recently paired this bag with this dress, and loved the result.

How to be (less) Awkward: It is never too late to make your home into a home that hugs.