Family & Friends

The 19th century Frenemy - Jane Austen's Lucy Steele found in Florida

The 19th century Frenemy - Jane Austen's Lucy Steele found in Florida

Dear Erica, I am a Freshman at FIU and I’m beginning to be suspicious of my roommate(let’s call her Nikki).  I started dating a guy six months ago, and Nikki always manages to flirt with him when we g...

College Reunions and Jane Austen's Emma - Lessons in Friendship

College Reunions and Jane Austen's Emma - Lessons in Friendship

Dear Erica, I’ve just spent time with an old college friend at a reunion weekend and we just didn’t connect in the way we once did.  It’s so sad.  We used to be really close but we just don’t have muc...

Finding Friends in the 21st Century - What advice would Elizabeth Bennet give us?

Finding Friends in the 21st Century - What advice would Elizabeth Bennet give us?

Dear Erica, For about a year, I've been a part of a group of mothers who meet for a monthly night out. As the months have progressed, I have found that I cannot stand one or two of the women! I used t...

Dreading a visit from some old friends?   Heed Elizabeth von Arnim's wise words and you might just have a fabulous time!

Dreading a visit from some old friends? Heed Elizabeth von Arnim's wise words and you might just have a fabulous time!

Dear Erica, I’m having some old friends to stay next weekend, and although I adore them, I’m rather dreading it.  I just don't want us to get on each other's nerves.  Do you have any advice? Nervous i...