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I loved read­ing Samra Habib’s piece on how hav­ing a baby can af­fect your fe­male friend­ships [“No Kid­ding,” May 2018]. I’m a new mom, and while ma­ter­nity leave has deep­ened my friend­ships with fel­low moms, it has also made me more mind­ful of, and grate­ful for, my non-breed­ing friends. I love hav­ing a di­ver­sity of per­spec­tives and sto­ries in my life—and not just be­cause I want to live vi­car­i­ously through my sin­gle friends’ sex lives. Some­times you just want to feel like your old self, and peo­ple with other pri­or­i­ties can be a great con­duit for life’s other ad­ven­tures—plus, a kid can never have too many fab­u­lous aun­ties. —Zoë Di Novi

SPRING CRUSH

I am def­i­nitely sali­vat­ing over the pic­tures in your April 2018 is­sue. I ab­so­lutely fell in love with the Prada bag on page 46! I love the dress, jacket and shoes, too, but that bag is in­spired! It’s a lit­tle bit coun­try and a lit­tle bit rock ’n’ roll, which is just my style. Thanks for this hit of fash­ion fab­u­los­ity and for mak­ing my heart beat a lit­tle faster! —Gerry De Si­mone (Thorn­ton, Ont.)

TEXT THER­APY

I read with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle “Oh Woe­bot Is Me…” by Grace O’Con­nell in your April 2018 is­sue. I share sim­i­lar ap­pre­hen­sions about go­ing to the ther­a­pist. I im­me­di­ately down­loaded the CBT app Paci­fica fea­tured in her ar­ti­cle. I found it easy to use, and, as O’Con­nell de­scribed, it’s an in­ter­ac­tive ver­sion of work­books like Mind

Over Mood. I re­call hav­ing cog­ni­tive dis­tor­tions that drove neg­a­tive think­ing while at work, and this app would have been help­ful back then. I look for­ward to us­ing it more con­sis­tently in the hope that it will help re­train my thought pat­terns. I def­i­nitely agree with O’Con­nell that these apps are ac­ces­si­ble and “low bar­rier en­try.” Thank you for bring­ing dig­i­tal talk ther­apy into our aware­ness. —Caro­line Chuang

TALK ISN’T CHEAP!

The ar­ti­cle “Oh Woe­bot Is Me…” in your April 2018 is­sue was won­der­ful. It’s amaz­ing that there’s an app that is “there for you.” I won­der what kind of ther­a­peu­tic re­la­tion­ship one can de­velop with a pre­pro­grammed app. I sus­pect the nu­ances of an in­per­son en­counter with a trained ther­a­pist, who watches your body lan­guage for what is not said, would be su­pe­rior, but with wait­ing lists, costs and lack of time, this sounds great. Thanks. —Gly­nis Ko­po­nen

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