Archive for March, 2012

The Friendship Blog selected as Reader’s Choice Favorite

March 30, 2012 | By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

The Reader’s Choice Awards (sponsored by, part of the New York Times Company) were announced today. Both my book and blog were voted first-place winners in their respective categories.   Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend, was voted the best non-fiction book on friendship.   This blog,, which will […]

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I can’t make friends…could it be my voice or my bad relationship with my mother?

March 29, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION  Hi Irene, I’m trying to understand why I can’t make many friends, especially female ones. It does affect me; sometimes I wish I could share my life with other people. I never had a healthy relationship with my mother, which probably explains why I don’t get close to many female friends.   Another reason […]

Read More – How to Meet New Friends on a Busy Schedule

March 26, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

By | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 23, 2012    By Molly Triffin  Reese Witherspoon recently confessed on Ellen that she has a girl crush on Kate Middleton, saying, "I would like to hang out. I’m not sure she wants to hang out with me…. Call me. Call me anytime." We get where she’s coming from-whether you’ve moved […]

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Friendship: Nightmare on my street

March 26, 2012 | By | 12 Replies Continue Reading

Life in a subdivision suddenly turns from cozy to creepy

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Friendship by the Book: Nine Rubies – by Mahru Ghashghaei, as told to Susan Snyder

March 25, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

Nine Rubies: Broken Silence of a Daughter of Revolutionary Iran is a true story that begins nearly a century ago when Mahru’s prosperous Iranian Azari grandfather escaped the Russian Revolution in 1917, and built a comfortable life for his wife and children in Northern Iran.    The early death of her grandfather’s first wife, followed […]

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Make It Better–Mothers of Tweens: Remaining Friends When Your Daughters Have Broken-Up

March 24, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

MAR 2012 BY MELANIE KALMAR   Traditionally, middle school girls are fickle when it comes to friendship. One day, they are best friends. The next day, they’re enemies.   The cycle may end when the girls go their separate ways or continue for a tumultuous time. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and mothers are […]

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Fear of Losing All My Friends

March 23, 2012 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

Not all friendships last forever: We should always be open to new ones     QUESTION Hi Irene, Over the last few months, my best friend, whom I’ll call "L," has grown close to another of my friends, "S." They have done several things together without including me. I’m not interested in some of the […]

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Should I try to patch up this online friendship?

March 22, 2012 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

The passage of time generally makes it more difficult to clear up misunderstandings, online or off.

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Feeling Left Out, Excluded, Rejected

March 19, 2012 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I am 60 years old but am still sensitive about my friends not including me in things. For example, I went to a concert with two of them; I was the driver. While we were together, they talked about trips they were going on together that didn’t include me. I asked about […]

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Money and Friends: How to Figure It All Out

March 18, 2012 | By | Reply Continue Reading

by GINA RYDER  MARCH 14, 2012   A shared economic value system is one way friends bond. Yet in many chapters of human existence, shifting life phases and new statuses can uproot our finances, and as a result, our relationships. Recent job losses and drastic life style changes throw a monkey wrench into our friendships.   "It’s […]

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