Girl Talk: Melissa discusses standing in solidarity and #MeToo

Girl Talk: Melissa discusses standing in solidarity and #MeToo

Hashtags are the internet’s fastest way to get your point across. They identify your message topic and make it easy to search for common interests. Social media has become the world’s platform for getting your message heard, and the current trending hashtag, #Metoo, has so much to say to so many people, both men and […]

Girl Talk: Don’t let your phone come between you and your significant other

Girl Talk: Don’t let your phone come between you and your significant other

One of the most important parts of a successful relationship is to have open lines of communication. Keeping your partner in the loop with your life is a sure-fire way to keep the love in and the drama out. Trouble always arises when a third party enters your blissful nest, and when the third party […]

Girl Talk: Learn from your past mistakes but don’t let them define you

Girl Talk: Learn from your past mistakes but don’t let them define you

By the time you reach your thirties, chances are you have had your heart broken once or twice. The path to discovering the traits you need in a mate are shaped as you stumble along the bumpy road of dating. How do you learn the lessons from the mistakes of your past without letting them […]

Girl Talk: Taking time for kissing is good for your relationship and health

Girl Talk: Taking time for kissing is good for your relationship and health

When a relationship first starts, the new lovebirds usually find themselves in a general state of nonstop honeymoon bliss. They can’t stop touching each other, tagging each other in memes online, texting for hours, and kissing. During those first few months of relationship inception, new couples kiss so much that it seems their lips are […]

Girl Talk: Karma is a bitch, and now, so is Taylor Swift

Girl Talk: Karma is a bitch, and now, so is Taylor Swift

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Taylor Swift embodied this phrase as she released her good-girl-gone-bad song, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Whether you love or hate Swift, every adult woman I know can relate to the motive behind this tune. Long gone are the days of Romeo-and-Juliet, true-love-can-conquer-all, green-eyed-to-the-world romantic melodies. […]

Girl Talk: Embrace your inner weirdo: Be a first rate version of yourself

Girl Talk: Embrace your inner weirdo: Be a first rate version of yourself

Whether we want to admit it or not, life is all about labels. Boyfriend, Burberry, Bully and Bulletproof are just a few of these examples. Why do we stress so much about compartmentalizing every facet of our lives? Does our label really matter? And what about the labels given to us by others? Do we […]

Girl Talk: Farewell to a friend — In memory of Janet Rains

Girl Talk: Farewell to a friend — In memory of Janet Rains

Last week, the music went quiet all over Northeastern Pennsylvania when beloved local musician Jane Train (Janet Rains) passed away as the result of tragic accident. Her passing left thousands, myself included, to mourn and ask why something so terrible could happen to such a beautiful, amazing person who had so much left to share […]

Girl Talk: Help is always available for those with thoughts of suicide

Girl Talk: Help is always available for those with thoughts of suicide

Anyone who has ever graced a public bathroom knows that after you lock the door and look around at the stall around you, chances are you are likely to encounter a vast array of graffiti. Some classics still remain as they had in generations before us: For a good time call some random number; this […]

Girl Talk: Learning to appreciate the struggle brings grace, peace of mind

Girl Talk: Learning to appreciate the struggle brings grace, peace of mind

Growing up, I always imagined my life would reflect those I saw in the movies. John Hughes (sadly no relation) told a good story about emotionally backwards teens finding their way through love and life. Their parents all had spectacular houses, and a three-course family dinner was served every night while the family discussed their […]

Girl Talk: Girl Talk celebrates its fifth anniversary, Melissa looks back

Girl Talk: Girl Talk celebrates its fifth anniversary, Melissa looks back

When it comes to anniversaries, traditionally, the five-year gift is something made of wood. According to Hallmark, the modern day five-year gift is silverware. I’m not entirely sure how one translates into the other, however nonetheless here we are, five years of Girl Talk. This milestone is bittersweet as the column has grown and changed […]

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