Most of us go through life pretty oblivious to other people. We don’t usually see their happiness, and we are pretty good at ignoring even the most obvious pain.  I find watching people interesting, and if you really pay attention it is easy to tell what they have going on.

I love watching people, but I have to admit to an ongoing impulse which I must constantly manage.

I want to hug people. It isn’t appropriate, I know that. But  I just want to hug when I see…

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Our Editor-in-Chief Magnolia Ripkin is sort of like your mouthy Aunt who drinks too much and tells you how to run your life, except funny... well mostly funny... like a cold glass of water in the face. She writes a flagrantly offensive blog at Magnolia Ripkin Advice Blog answering pressing questions about business, personal development, parenting, heck even the bedroom isn't safe. She is the Editor in Chief at BluntMoms. Other places to find her: Huffington Post, The Mighty and Modern Loss. You can also check her out in two amazing compendiums of bloggers who are published in “I Just Want To Be Alone.” And most recently, Martinis and Motherhood, Tales of Wonder, Woe and WTF


  1. I’m a hugger too! I often hug people I’ve just met and my children are always gasping for air within my embrace. If hugging strangers is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    That being said, I want to kick the dude that walks around holding a “Free Hugs” sign.

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