Archive for June, 2008

Friendship by the Book: An interview with Alexa Young, author of Frenemies

June 28, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Some of the most painful and unexpected girlfriend breakups occur during the roller-coaster middle-school years. Alexa Young’s engaging new teen novel, Frenemies (HarperTeen, 2008) is a book that moms will want their daughters to read in preparation for this rude awakening. The book tells the story of two eighth-graders and BFFs, Halley Brandon and Avalon Greene, who have always agreed on everything. But after spending a summer apart, they’ve changed—physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually.

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Dear Hillary, Do You Need a Female Friend?

June 20, 2008 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Remember me? I introduced myself and welcomed you to Chappaqua in a letter that appeared in The Washington Post in 1999. You even took the time to acknowledge it, writing me a personal note afterwards. Like other neighbors in our small leafy hamlet (the way it’s referred to disparagingly in the press), we never really […]

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The unexpected gift

June 17, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

It wasn’t my birthday or any other day celebrated by Hallmark people.  It was just an ordinary rainy day when a small beautifully wrapped packaged appeared in my mailbox to make the day stand out from the rest. I found inside a pretty ceramic plaque with purple and pink painted letters that read “Best Friends […]

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Reader Q & A: Help! Can collateral damage be avoided in a breakup?

June 11, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A woman wonders whether she can avoid collateral damage after a breakup.

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Best Friends Day: Also a day for ladies-in-waiting

June 10, 2008 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Oops, I blinked and I missed it. I just found out that Sunday, June 8th was Best Friends Day, which completed passed me by. I don’t know how. I didn’t even pause to pay homage to my own Besties on that day. Shame on me! That morning one of my closest friends called while waiting […]

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Graduating? Give yourself the gift that keeps on giving

June 7, 2008 | By | Reply Continue Reading

If you haven’t yet realized it, graduation from high school or college can be a friendship-killer. When you are no longer living side-by-side or seeing each other every day, it will never be quite as easy to keep up once-close female friendships or to make new ones. With more than $55 million in domestic box […]

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A Friend in Every Port?

June 2, 2008 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

One of the nice things about traveling is that every trip offers opportunities to make new friendships or nurture old ones–if you make it a priority and take the time. You could ask an old friend to travel with you or simply engage in conversation with a potential new friend you meet across the aisle […]

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