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Trusted friends

“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.” ~Virginia Woolf

English author Virginia Woolf often celebrated female friendship in her books and diaries. She knew how precious it is to have a friend or two who will listen to our fears, hopes, and dreams. That level of trust, she suggested, is built on shared history, common interests, and a deep commitment to supporting one another.

It’s true: If you’re feeling down and blue, a good talk with a trusted friend is the best antidote. I’m grateful for the friendships I lean on when the light goes out in my heart, or when I want to share a personal victory. Consider the friendships that enrich and support you now — and put them on your gratitude list this week. ~Cindy La Ferle

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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