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How Not To Make Small Talk

By Lucy HutchinsonDecember 20, 2010
Making small talk with strangers is like eating a whole chili pepper—either you can do it, or you can't. If you can,... More  →
How Not To Make Small Talk

Auntie SparkNotes: The Art of Letting Down Gently

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 13, 2010
We keep texting love notes to Auntie, but all she texts back is ":-/ can't talk, rly busy." What is she hinting... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: The Art of Letting Down Gently

How to Go to a Party Alone

By Lauren PassellDecember 8, 2010
You probably won't make it 'till January without getting asked to a holiday party or two, and while they can be fun,... More  →
How to Go to a Party Alone

Auntie SparkNotes: Kleptomomiac

By kat_rosenfieldDecember 7, 2010
What should you do when your mom's stealing? Auntie knows. —Sparkitors Hi Auntie! I have a problem, like everyone else who writes in to... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Kleptomomiac

The Best Night Of My Life—Not.

By ContributorDecember 1, 2010
Ashley_BAM was looking forward to the night of her dreams, but her Prince Charming turned out... More  →

Auntie SparkNotes: Boy, Is My Face Red

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 29, 2010
We turn tomato red when we blush, and we think it's charming. —Sparkitors Dear Auntie, I'm extremely pale, and I have a tendency to... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Boy, Is My Face Red

Things to Talk About When You're Feeling Awkward

By Jon_SkindzierNovember 25, 2010
Awkward conversations are like novelty jellybeans: they come in many flavors, but they're all pretty unappetizing, and you'll only fully realize what... More  →
Things to Talk About When You're Feeling Awkward

Hanging Out with Jazzy: How to Make Everything Awkward

By ContributorNovember 22, 2010
villanous_mwaha, aka Jazzy, is THE ORIGINAL SparkLife columnist! We must offer a word of caution about this post,... More  →
Hanging Out with Jazzy: How to Make Everything Awkward

Things NOT to Talk About at Thanksgiving Dinner

By Kathryn_WilliamsNovember 12, 2010
When we relax with our dear families on Thanksgiving, it's easy to let it all hang out. Surrounded by our... More  →
Things NOT to Talk About at Thanksgiving Dinner

Auntie SparkNotes: The Gift That Keeps On Skeeving

By kat_rosenfieldNovember 8, 2010
Presents are the best thing ever—except when they're the most awkward thing ever. —Sparkitors Dear Auntie Sparknotes, This is a pretty minor problem, but... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: The Gift That Keeps On Skeeving