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Dear Anita / Dear Cassie

Dear Anita: I Am Ready for Spring!

Dear Anita, Enough of this winter! I am a born and bred Southern Californian. I need my sunshine! I miss our long afternoons. The evenings I spend on my balcony, eating hefty spoonfuls of mint chip ice cream while the... Continue Reading →

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Dear Cassie: What is Friendship?

Dear Cassie, Growing up, I moved around a lot due to family problems so I never really had any friends. I lived with my mom in El Monte, CA until I was about 6 years old. Unfortunately, after kindergarten graduation,... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: A Little Sweetness for a Sour Day

Dear Anita, Did you know, if you step into See’s Candies, just the middle of a gray day, no occasion, they will hand you sweetness? Wrapped in stiff, pleated paper. A drop of milk chocolate with a rich nougat center.... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: I’m dying

Dear Cassie, I haven't been this sick in 4-5 years. Why me?! Why Now?! My upper body is so sore from coughing so much and so hard. I feel like I've been doing sit-ups continuously for days. This freakin' sucks!!!!... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: When Do I Get to be Beautiful?

Dear Anita, I used to think of growing up as a transformation process, a la Cinderella (pre-midnight dash). I expected to wake up one day the adult version of myself, my fairy godmother having secreted in during the night. I... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: On Cars … & Idiots

Dear Cassie, Didn't we all go through Driver's Ed, take that daunting Written Exam at the dreadful DMV, and afterwards, the long awaited Driving Test. Only after passing all 3, do you get your credit card sized Driver's License - ready... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: On the Importance of Outside Time

Dear Anita, The forecast called for rain, but I’m currently soaking in the last of the afternoon sun. A bright point in an otherwise daunting day. I don’t pretend to be well versed in the intricacies of our national politics,... Continue Reading →

Dear Cassie: Allergies Suck!

Dear Cassie,   Who in the right mind appreciates allergies? Nobody! There are so many forms of allergies - sneezing, itching, coughing, hives, etc. None of these symptoms are fun! As you know, I just very recently adopted 2 of... Continue Reading →

Dear Anita: Therapy is Hard

Dear Anita, Let’s be real, is there anything as needlessly uncomfortable as therapy? As raising your hand, as calling up a perfect stranger and declaring, “Hello, my name is Cassie and I can no longer manage my life, my relationships,... Continue Reading →

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