How to Live


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I love advice. From barflies, best friends, people at parties. Even if I don’t follow it, I like collecting what’s on offer. It’s curiosity, partly, but it’s also a habit of comfort: When I’m unsure of something, I like sensing someone else’s certainty.

In the fall of 2014, I arrived at a retirement community in Westchester, New York, heavy with grief. It was my mother’s advice I missed. Maybe women with a long view on loss could tell me something reassuring. How do we keep going? How can I be happy? What makes a life worth living?

SARAH McCOLL is the former editor in chief of Yahoo Food, and has written for TakePart Food, Bon Appetit, and House Beautiful. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn where she is usually on the hunt for her next Manhattan.