Cara Strickland

Posts by Cara Strickland

Cara Strickland writes about food and drink, mental health, faith and being single from her home in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys hot tea, good wine, and deep conversations. She will always want to play with your dog. Connect with her on Twitter @anxiouscook or at www.carastrickland.com.

thankful reasons
November 14, 2017

The Practice of Thankfulness

For many of us, Thanksgiving kicks off a season of celebration which doesn’t really seem to stop until sometime in January. I probably don’t have to tell you that large gatherings of people, festive parties, and times when everyone is supposed to be part of a happy family can be especially hard if you’re single […]

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dinner with friends
October 24, 2017

Emily Nunn’s Comfort Food Diaries: Lessons in Life and Love

Emily Nunn’s new book The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart is a memoir about a woman in the midst of grief. In the wake of her brother’s death, her fiancé breaks up with her and her life falls apart. What does she do? First, she moves […]

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hopeful in dating
September 28, 2017

A Letter to Those Who Hope

Hi there, If this is the fall where you can’t quite seem to get excited about the idea of new beginnings, I’m writing this to you. You’re here, I know, because you’re holding onto hope by a tiny little thread. I get it—it seems like an impossibility that you will meet the right person, someone […]

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dating advice yelp for people
September 11, 2017

Wishing For a Yelp for People

Sometimes I wish that there was a site, kind of like Yelp, where I could check out a guy’s rating before I went out with him, or, let’s be honest, write my own. I think I’d start with my college ex boyfriend, the one who told me we needed to talk and took me down […]

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laboroflovebook
August 22, 2017

Moira Weigel Talks Love and The Invention of Dating

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of dating, Moira Weigel’s book Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating is for you. She goes into the history (hint: dating hasn’t been around that long) and shares insights along the way (for example: people have always been skeptical about the ways men and women meet and […]

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being single and issues
July 20, 2017

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Lately I’ve been on a bravery kick. I’ve been taking myself on dates—going to dinner or lunch by myself, or taking myself to the movies alone. Sometimes, I’ll wander around an antique store, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Farmer’s Market. I’ll admit that I enjoy doing these things by myself. I love the […]

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chemistry in a relationship
June 29, 2017

Just Not Feeling it: The Importance of Chemistry

Several years ago, I was in a situation that felt meant to be. After abruptly abandoning the online dating account I’d opened in the wake of a breakup, I was invited to dinner with a couple I knew. Little did I know, it was a set-up. Dinner ended up being at the home of a […]

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how to fall in love with anyone
June 27, 2017

How to Fall in Love With Anyone: An interview with Mandy Len Catron

In 2015, Mandy Len Catron wrote a piece for the New York Times Modern Love column called “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This.” At the time, I was just embarking on a new relationship, hoping to fall in love. One brilliant summer day, I read the essay aloud to my new boyfriend before […]

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save the date interview
June 14, 2017

Save the Date: An Interview with Jen Doll

I read Save the Date, mostly on my front porch, in a hammock. It was summer, and my roommate was getting married, as well as many other people I knew, in a short period of time. It seemed fitting to read a book of essays about going to weddings, and having a whole spectrum of […]

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Time Management Concept : Retro alarm clock in bird cage with gray background.. (3D Illustration)
May 30, 2017

Counting Down to Love: Thoughts on ‘Timer’

Recently, I was trying to decide what to watch on Netflix when I came across the movie Timer. A friend had recommended it, so I clicked. It’s an independent film about a society, much like our own, but in this world you can get a timer which counts down until you meet your soulmate. It’s […]

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