Making Friends

Quarantine Fatigue: Single, No Work and No Travel

Quarantine Fatigue: Single, No Work and No Travel

Like many of us feeling a sense of quarantine fatigue, a 60-year-old reader feels alone while maintaining social distance with no end in sight.

June 4, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
How To Make New Friends During The Coronavirus Pandemic

How To Make New Friends During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Making new friends can be challenging during the best of times but the coronavirus pandemic has added another layer of complexity.

May 16, 2020 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Keeping Friends

The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

The Trauma Queen Always Has A Calamity To Share

A group of women doesn’t know how to handle a “trauma queen” amongst them who consistently dominates conversations with her problems.

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My Friend Is Avoiding Me: What Can I Do?

My Friend Is Avoiding Me: What Can I Do?

When a close friend is avoiding you, it’s hard not to take it personally but that may not be the case. Try to find out what might be causing her to withdraw.

July 13, 2021 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Resolving Problems

My Friend Suddenly Shut Me Out of Her Life

My Friend Suddenly Shut Me Out of Her Life

I have a friend that I felt was my best friend. She was in my wedding and we were pretty much attached at the hip. She called me a couple times a day, texted me, hung out with me or talked to me online (Facebook, AIM) almost every day.

How Do I Deal WIth A Pushy Person?

How Do I Deal WIth A Pushy Person?

How do you deal with a pushy person? Two women met in a workshop but one wants more of a friendship than does the other.

March 10, 2021 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading

Handling Breakups

A Reader Asks: Is This Lifelong Friendship Toxic?

A Reader Asks: Is This Lifelong Friendship Toxic?

A discordant lifelong friendship extending over decades between two “third-age” friends falls apart and one woman wants out.

July 19, 2021 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
Getting Over A Friendship With A Next-Door Neighbor

Getting Over A Friendship With A Next-Door Neighbor

A woman asks what to do after a friendship with a next-door neighbor goes sour and she has to come face-to-face with her all the time.

July 15, 2021 | By | 26 Replies Continue Reading

Having No Friends

Retired and Feeling Disconnected

Retired and Feeling Disconnected

Many people are feeling disconnected during the pandemic. This retired therapist has lost her friends and seeks advice.

September 18, 2020 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading
Would Life Be Sweeter In A Coronavirus Bubble? It Depends.

Would Life Be Sweeter In A Coronavirus Bubble? It Depends.

To help allay the isolation and anxieties associated with the pandemic, some people are creating or joining a coronavirus bubble.

May 27, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Other Advice

Pandemic-Related Losses: How To Show A Friend You Care 

Pandemic-Related Losses: How To Show A Friend You Care 

A reader wonders how to respond to friends experiencing pandemic-related losses. QUESTION I have several friends right now who are going through VERY trying situations. In a few instances, I’ve sent people emails expressing my commiseration but I’m wondering what, if anything, to do next when I don’t hear back from them. Do you think […]

November 8, 2020 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading
Feeling Left Out Of A Pandemic Bubble? 

Feeling Left Out Of A Pandemic Bubble? 

A pandemic bubble (or pod) offers people a new way to connect together in person, both for social reasons and practical ones.

September 15, 2020 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Disappearing Acts: When Friends Are Gone After a Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Someone loses her friends after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

June 11, 2021 | By | 8 Replies Continue Reading
Friendship Trends: 9 Ways The Pandemic Has Changed Our Friendships

Friendship Trends: 9 Ways The Pandemic Has Changed Our Friendships

The pandemic has changed our friendships. Here are 9 pandemic friendship trends culled from members of “The Friendship Blog Connection.”

March 22, 2021 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading
When Exchanging Gifts Feels Awkward

When Exchanging Gifts Feels Awkward

During the pandemic, even exchanging gifts with friends can feel strange when everything else seems to be topsy-turvy. 

December 27, 2020 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading