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Laura Phelan sees her small friend group as a microcosm of her church family—and perhaps a microcosm of the country, politically. One woman casts her vote according to convictions related to social justice and climate change; another is fiscally conservative and supports whichever party’s tax plan makes most sense for her family.
I signed up with the full knowledge that I was going to cheat like a dog. No sugar, no dairy, no grains, no alcohol, and no caffeine—the rules of the two-week detox cleanse offered at my yoga studio also gave me no reason to live. Instead, we would be full of vitality and super-oxygenated bliss. It sounded like hell.
My friend grant Henry is having a baby. Or more specifically, his daughter Mary Grace is the one performing the actual feat of giving birth, and she and her new husband will be the actual parents. But I try not to remind Grant of that. He is too busy buying designer high chairs off the Internet to notice the baby doesn’t belong to him.