Archive for February, 2009

A writer asks: How could my colleague and friend undermine me?

Published: February 25, 2009 | Last Updated: February 25, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, I’m an award-winning author with a friendship dilemma. A long time friend has definitely hurt my feelings. She told one of my clients whose memoir I’m writing that she’d Googled my agent and that he was basically a “nobody,” casting doubts upon my agent’s ability to broker a deal on his book […]

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Friendship and Money: She’s fired, you’re not

Published: February 25, 2009 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Any major life change–including an unexpected job loss or other threat to economic security–can increase the risk of a once-close friendship falling apart.

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Friendless in Seattle

Published: February 23, 2009 | Last Updated: February 24, 2009 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Why would a middle-aged woman not be able to keep a friend? Read my latest reader query on that topic on The Huffington Post.

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Sharon Naylor’s Weddings

Published: February 23, 2009 | Last Updated: February 23, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

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Reader Q & A: Unable to let go

Published: February 22, 2009 | Last Updated: February 22, 2009 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, About a year and a half ago I broke up with a friend and I’m still not over it. I was hoping you could offer some insight. I’ve known this girl since 6th grade when she stopped speaking to me over some boy. We became friends again in 7th grade but she […]

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Just Do It: Putting a fractured friendship behind you

Published: February 20, 2009 | Last Updated: February 20, 2009 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Hi,                                            A few years ago, I was a roommate with a woman I will call Marta. She found me by looking at rentals in the paper. She was newly divorced and we became fast friends. I introduced her to my extensive group of friends. She moved out after I got engaged. We were […]

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For Better or For Worse: Weddings and Friendship – Part II

Published: February 18, 2009 | Last Updated: February 1, 2021 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Marriage is a milestone that often alters a couple’s relationship with each other, as well as with those around them. For the new bride, it can herald profound changes in her relationships with girlfriends. In a recent post (February 9, 2008), I interviewed wedding expert Sharon Naylor about the challenges that planning “the big day” […]

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Double Trouble: Losing Two Friends At Once

Published: February 16, 2009 | Last Updated: October 21, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Double Trouble: Losing Two Friends At Once

Losing two friends is one of a series of unfortunate losses; a woman feels lonely, friendless and asks what to do.

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Valentine’s Day: Not Just for Lovers

Published: February 12, 2009 | Last Updated: February 12, 2009 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

The first handmade Valentine’s Day cards in the 1800s weren’t intended only for lovers. They also celebrated affection between friends and relatives.   Esther Howland, one of the pioneers of the greeting card industry in the US, was charmed by an ornate English Valentine she received from a friend. So she began a business of […]

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Friendship by the Book: Second Chance by Jane Green

Published: February 12, 2009 | Last Updated: December 4, 2021 By | Reply Continue Reading
Friendship by the Book: Second Chance by Jane Green

What I enjoyed most about Second Chance by Jane Green was the book’s treatment of weighty issues—and their bearing on female friendships.

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