A win-win opportunity to support Kiva supporting women Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day (IWD) is now celebrated globally. The theme for this 101st International Women’s Day is "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures," which is so apropos for anyone who is reading this page on The Friendship Blog. This blog is certainly a [...]
Margaret Doria and Anita Dente have taught at the same two Catholic high schools in Brooklyn, at the same time, for 45 years. At first blush, they seem like the proverbial "odd couple"—an Oscar and Felix with different styles and views of the world. A collegial relationship at first developed into an extraordinary friendship. Fast [...]
QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve been struggling with this problem for years, but it’s finally taking a toll on me. I’ve had cancer for over 18 years. I was diagnosed when I was 21 so I’ve essentially had it my entire adult life. I’ve learned to cope with it quite well and live a normal, healthy [...]
With more women entering the workplace, it’s not surprising that many develop extraordinarily close ties with colleagues, both male and female. To learn more about these relationships, I spoke to psychiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Olds. Irene: What is a work spouse? Dr. Olds: A work spouse a person at work with whom you have a special [...]
QUESTION Dear Irene, I have read and been told by female friends that when a man is friends with a woman and all of a sudden wants to take it to a romantic level, the woman will "freak out" and get turned off. She’ll feel betrayed, thinking that the man’s intentions all along were to [...]
Despite the romanticized myth of BFF, the hard truth is that most friendships don’t last forever. In fact, research suggests that when it comes to friendships, there’s a phenomenon somewhat akin to the seven-year itch; half of our friendships change over that time period.
Deirdre Madden’s most recent novel, Molly Fox’s Birthday (Picador, 2010), is a beautifully written story that aptly conveys the complexity of a woman’s emotional bonds with her family and friends. The story is focused on a single day in the life of an unnamed narrator, a playright who is staying over at the Dublin home [...]
I was recently interviewed by Nicole Elphick, a writer with Cleo, an Australian fashion and beauty magazine. Her article Are You Too Unpicky With Your Friends?, in the August edition, raises the question of whether women aren’t picky enough in choosing their friends. In the age of Facebook, this issue is really at the [...]