Would you remain friends with friends who don’t reciprocate?
How do you handle overhearing something from a pocket-dial you weren’t intended to hear? QUESTION Dear Irene, I recently listened to my cell phone messages, and unfortunately found a pocket-dialed call (DEFINITION: A pocket-dial, also called a butt-dial, is a call accidentally placed while a cellphone is in someone’s pocket or purse) that recorded [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, Three and a half years ago I left my husband. We divorced amicably and have a collaborative and supportive co-parenting relationship. There was no affair but I met someone while married, whom I started dating after my separation but before my divorce. In the wake of the separation, I lost my [...]
A reader asks for advice on how to handle a drama queen in her group of friends. QUESTION Hi Irene, I am in an awkward situation with a friend whom I’ll call Carla and don’t know how to handle it. She’s noticed that I’ve been pulling away and wants to get together to talk. We [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, A few years ago, I started meeting a couple of old friends for lunch every month or two. Well, the longer we do it, the less I enjoy it. We are far apart politically and they both have a lot of strongly held, strongly expressed opinions that I don’t agree with. I [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, I was in my best friend’s wedding 25 years ago and then never heard from her again, no returned calls—nothing. She had been distancing herself from me for a while so it didn’t come as a surprise. But it hurt terribly. Fifteen years ago, she gave my mother her phone number and [...]
QUESTION Dear Irene, I have a group of girlfriends, basically six of us, who’ve known each other since high school. Anyway, I got very close with three of them: Annie, Carole and Beth. I thought we would be best friends forever just like in the movies. I was, and probably still am, very insecure. I [...]
QUESTION: Hi Irene, I found your blog and it is very interesting!! I recently had a break up with a group of friends. Due to circumstances beyond my control I didn’t have much time to spend with them during the spring. Instead of understanding and being happy with weekly dinners or phone calls, they alienated [...]