Making Friends

The Gift of Gab: Learning to Talk to Each Other Again

The Gift of Gab: Learning to Talk to Each Other Again

Social skills need a refresh after the isolation of the pandemic? Guest contributor Cindy La Ferle talks about the skills that will give you the gift of gab.

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

Keeping Friends

Is It Disloyal To Talk To A Friend’s Enemy?

Is It Disloyal To Talk To A Friend’s Enemy?

I pride myself in being a loyal, good friend. However, recently I have run into a problem. I don’t know how to handle myself in the company of people that my close friends consider their “enemies.”

Slowly Being Excluded From An Adult Clique: What Could Have Happened?

Slowly Being Excluded From An Adult Clique: What Could Have Happened?

I am looking for some advice on adult female friendship cliques. If the group matters, it’s best to find out why.

July 26, 2021 | By | 295 Replies Continue Reading

Resolving Problems

When A Friend Asks A Favor, Are We Obliged To Say Yes?

When A Friend Asks A Favor, Are We Obliged To Say Yes?

When a friend asks a favor, a true friend will be open to your response rather than assume that you’ll say yes. They will also be ready to accept no for an answer.

July 30, 2021 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
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.

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

What Do You Do When An Online Friendship Begins To Feel Creepy?

What Do You Do When An Online Friendship Begins To Feel Creepy?

A teenager is involved in an awkward online friendship that is making her feel increasingly uncomfortable. She asks what to do.

July 2, 2021 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading
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

Recent Posts

My Clingy Friend Calls Me Too Often

My Clingy Friend Calls Me Too Often

Having a clingy friend can be very stressful and demanding. You need to decide whether you want to keep the friendship on the same track or make some changes.  QUESTION Hi Irene, My clingy friend calls me too often, a minimum of ten times per day! I have done the whole “I’m busy, my grandson […]

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.

July 21, 2021 | By | Reply Continue Reading
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