The Surprising Way My Marriage Changed When the Kids Left Home
Eat like slobs? Yes. Walk around the house naked? Sure. Swear like sailors? Of course! After tearfully bidding good-bye to their college-bound kids, Ann Leary and her husband discovered that the empty-nest syndrome was, well, for the birds.
What Sunday Ritual Prepares You Best for the Week Ahead?
Your answer may appear in the magazine or on RealSimple.com. Even better, the author of our favorite letter each month receives a special gift.
Why I Refused to Get a Nose Job—But Then Did It Anyway
After decades of being teased and rebuffed because of her nose, Rachel Hager found herself considering plastic surgery in her 50s. But was she caving to cosmetic conformity or taking control?
The Surprising Way a Movie Brought Me Closer to My Mom
Growing up in a family that prized toughness, Megan Abbott loved gangster movies, gumshoes, and gun molls. But one enduring influence could always bring her to tears.
How I Made My Best Friend During the Worst Tragedy of My Life
What single decision changed your life? Diane Penney, the 2016 Life Lessons contest winner, writes of a chance encounter during her darkest moment.