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Finding a Bunco group, one player at a time

QUESTION Dear Irene, First of all, thank you for your blog and columns; I’ve gained much insight from you. I am a 42-year-old mother of two boys and I have always had trouble making friends. I’ve read countless books on the subject of relationships and intellectually, I know what to do: Be open, smile, ask […]

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Guest post: Can a mother be a daughter’s best friend?

We’ve all heard stories of (and some of us have witnessed up close) moms who are trying so desperately to be cool that they opt for the role of BFFs to their daughters instead of moms. But can a mother really be a daughter’s best friend?

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A carpool friendship: Has it reached a dead end?

April 28, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I met my friend on the commute to work and have known her now for 10 years. We also socialized outside of the commute. She is 17 years older than me but the age difference has never been a problem. She was terminated from her job (after 20 years) at age 62. […]

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Friendship and agreeing to disagree

April 25, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene My girlfriend of 15 years and I got into a heated discussion that escalated into her walking out on me while we were in a restaurant. It was obvious that we were at loggerheads on a topic about which we had opposing views. Her style is to leave, not speak, and avoid […]

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New in Paperback: The Girls from Ames

April 10, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

On Thursday evening, I was thrilled to meet and hear Jeffrey Zaslow speak in my area about his three best-selling books, The Last Lecture, The Girls from Ames, and Highest Duty. What a wonderful storyteller he is, in person and in print! If you still haven’t read The Girls from Ames, it’s now out in […]

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Friendship: The importance of showing up

March 29, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I have been friends with Amy since high school, and we are now mothers in our 30s. I have a 10-year-old and another baby on the way. Last August, I got married and that’s when things went weird. My husband and I had a very small intimate wedding: only immediate family, and […]

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A Leap of Faith: Dumped over religious differences?

February 20, 2010 | By | 16 Replies Continue Reading

It is true that differences in religion, politics and values can create wedges between people who were once close friends—but this generally doesn’t happen when friendships are otherwise solid. People accept the differences and agree to disagree so the differences don’t interfere with the relationship.

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Friends in unlikely places: The X factor

February 10, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Whether it’s an ex-girlfriend, ex-wife, or ex-lover, most women would immediately dismiss the possibility of negotiating a real friendship with a living apparition from their partner’s past. Admittedly, these relationships are thorny but they can have some upsides. My friend, life coach Lauree Ostrofsky of the Washington, DC area, offered to pen (keyboard) a guest […]

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New Girl on the Block: Amanda Blain

February 3, 2010 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

When Amanda Blain, now 29, graduated and moved from Toronto to Ottawa, Canada, she began working in a series of male-dominated technical IT careers. Although she considers herself outgoing, she found it difficult to find and make new friends with each new situation or life change. So three years ago, she decided to tackle the […]

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Workplace friendships: Betrayed by the gossip girl

January 23, 2010 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

In the workplace, it’s particularly important to build friendships slowly before sharing too many intimacies.

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