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On having neighbors who don’t have to knock

June 12, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

This was a great article by John Leland in the New York Times, in case you didn’t see it. It tells the story of a group of women in their 70s and 80s who live on the same floor, in public housing, in an apartment building in the Washington Heights section of New York. They […]

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Friends with Cancer: What to Say and Do

December 13, 2011 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

According to the National Cancer Institute, the lifetime risk of developing cancer of one type or another is more than 4 out of ten. If you have a friend who has been diagnosed, don’t miss this excellent article in Salon by one of my favorite writers, Mary Elizabeth Williams.   Mary Elizabeth, a Stage IV […]

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9/11/11 On Human Bonds

September 11, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Soon after the two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the first thing I did was reach for my cell phone. I was at my office and wanted to check on my son who was at school a bridge away from me, which felt a world apart at that moment. After I made arrangements […]

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A Haunting Death: Could friends have saved Amy Winehouse?

July 27, 2011 | By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

  People were shocked to hear of the death of singer Amy Winehouse. What are your thoughts about whether the support of good friends might have averted this tragedy? Choose one answer below or write in your own thoughts. <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/5278742/">A Haunting Death: Could friends have saved Amy Winehouse?"</a>

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Diagnosed with breast cancer and feeling depressed? Don’t isolate yourself

June 20, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Being treated for breast cancer can be physically and emotionally tough to endure   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m sorry, I hope this whole post makes sense, I’m not able to think properly right now but I needed to get this off my chest. These past six months have been extremely difficult. I’m being treated for […]

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Another reason why cancer sucks~

February 1, 2011 | By | 17 Replies Continue Reading

A woman talks about the isolation from friends that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

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Taking a gamble on a friendship

October 19, 2010 | By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I am a 52-year-old woman who had a very close friendship with a young girl in her late 20s whom I worked with for about two years. We met at our training class and continued once out on the floor.   I’m a young minded person and get along with mostly every […]

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Guest Post: De-stress Girlfriend!

September 6, 2010 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Stressed? Here’s the easy solution – spend time with your girlfriends! Coming full circle, this is the last in a series of guest posts from my galpals who are part of The Friendship Circle (women bloggers focused on female friendships.)   Today’s guest poster, Debba Haupert, who also wrote the first post last week, is […]

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Shouldn’t a sister be a close friend?

QUESTION Dear Irene, Last October I discovered that my only sister, who is two years older than me, has been stealing the money I send to take care of my mother in Mexico. She was managing a property I have in Mexico. The rent had always been used to pay for our mother’s expenses. My […]

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Love, loss and friendship: Getting over the death of a child

December 9, 2009 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

There is no pain greater than the loss of a child. Parents who have suffered such a tragedy say that they never get over it; at best, they get through it. Lynn Bozof of Atlanta, Georgia, lost her son Evan when he was 20. A junior at Georgia Southwestern University, Evan was an honor student […]

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