There's a lot to be said sometimes for faking it until you make it, but I'm a big fan of dropping the act and dropping the shame right along with it.
"You dumped me, remember? Kindly sigh into someone else's moving boxes."
Come for the poop jokes, or immediately hit the back button because of the poop jokes. Stay for the bad decisions and how to find the least worst path.
If you don't know what to say, revert to first principles: Something is probably better than nothing.
Sometimes Alison at Ask A Manager and I like to answer questions about workplace awkwardness together.
Ahhhhhh that very recognizable feeling when you are so hungry for someone's company and yet all your instincts are to drive them away.
How to move on when you blew two chances and know that a third isn't coming.
Feelings (jealousy, discomfort, biphobia) clean-up in Aisle 7.
When you want to share an extremely mood-ruining thing (death of a parent) without ruining the mood: Be brief and direct, and let other people be nice to you for a minute.
Art and storytelling prompts to the many artists and writers who follow the blog stay alive and make things.