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Love Essentially
is Jackie Pilossoph's dating and relationships column, published weekly in Better Magazine
(previously in Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

Column: 7 Ways Love Showed Up Before, During and After I Moved

Better Magazine

By Jackie Pilossoph, Sept. 1, 2020

Moving is probably one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life, especially if you’ve lived in the same place for a long time. But add Covid-19 into the mix, and moving just got a lot more complicated and nerve-wracking. I would know, because I just did it.
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Column: Messages from Beyond: Things to Keep in Mind When You’ve Lost a Loved One

Better Magazine

By Jackie Pilossoph, Aug. 25, 2020

Faith is a word that can represent many different things. Having faith can mean that you have complete confidence or trust in something or someone. It can also mean that you have a strong belief in God or religion, even if you have no tangible proof. Each person is unique in his or her level of faith, including when it comes to death.
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Column: 7 Life Decisions To Make With Purpose And Intent

Better Magazine

By Jackie Pilossoph, July 14, 2020

When you’re in the mood to treat yourself to a dessert, what’s your go-to? Mine happens to be the Culver’s Concrete Mixer with brownie pieces and marshmallow, a delight I discovered through my teenage son and his friends. But if you’re thinking of indulging in any kind of food or drink that isn’t exactly good for your health, Dr. Lisa Kaplin has a warning: If you’re not going to enjoy it, do not waste the calories.
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Column: 15 Relationship Lies and Lines That Might Sound Familiar

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By Jackie Pilossoph, July 7, 2020

The other night, my 18-year-old son came home from an outdoor get-together, and while telling me about how much fun he had, he added, “Don’t worry Mom, I wore a mask.” Do I suspect he was lying? No, but do I think he and every single one of his friends wore masks the entire time? Maybe, maybe not. I hope they did, but I guess I’ll never know, just as I’ll never know the details of the gathering. But like so many other parents of teenagers, I sometimes think that’s probably for the best. What good does the added stress do? Making sure we openly communicate, and that we are honest with each other in the larger picture is really all I can control.
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