Marc Severson

The Gifts That Make Teaching Worthwhile

Last night, I was given a gift. It was my second of the week — and one that the teachers of young children rarely receive. I had been surprised to hear from the parents of a child I worked with 30 years ago. At that time, I was a resource teacher for the state of Arizona,…

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Grieving From Afar

How do you offer your condolences when someone who isn’t close to you passes away? Last week, someone I knew died. I’d known her for six years, but we were never close. Our one connection was a mutual friend who introduced us for business reasons. After we completed our brief professional relationship, I saw this woman only once again….

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I Traveled The World, Trying To Find My Home

As I approach my 32nd birthday, I find myself struggling with this concept of “home.” They say, “Home is where the heart is.” But what if your heart is in more than one place? They also say, “Home is where you hang your hat.” But what if you prefer to hang your hat in the…

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The High-Tech Solution To All My Dating Problems

When I began dating, the universe neglected to provide me with step-by-step instructions — only a vague sort of stage directions. He is here, you are there, hold hands, kiss, cut, thank you everyone, now we are done. The film director might have gone home, but I was still there, baffled. So what happens next?…

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“Why Don’t I Receive Much Attention From Men?”

Just because you think you’re hot doesn’t mean that men will actually notice you. The following is an email that I received from a reader. I don’t usually publish the private messages I get, but the issue she addresses seems to be pretty common, so I asked her if I could post her letter (slightly edited for length) and my response (in its full fury) here.

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I’m An Awkward Hugger

I love meeting new people. I’d like to think of myself as a pretty good conversationalist, and I’m well-rounded enough in my interests that I can usually make some sort of connection to a person I’ve just met. So yeah, meeting someone for the first time? Awesome. What’s not so awesome? Hugging someone for the…

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How I Played A Player

When I was small, I loved chess. It was like foretelling the future. By lining up the pieces a certain way, I could get my opponent (usually someone equally inept) to move the way I wanted. Once I discovered men, chess palled (well, except strip chess). Men were mysterious. Men could call or not call.…