Archive for March, 2012

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

Published: March 29, 2012 | Last Updated: 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

Published: March 26, 2012 | Last Updated: March 27, 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

Published: March 26, 2012 | Last Updated: June 7, 2014 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

Published: March 25, 2012 | Last Updated: 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

Published: March 24, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 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

Published: March 23, 2012 | Last Updated: 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?

Published: March 22, 2012 | Last Updated: September 4, 2014 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

Published: March 19, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 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

Published: March 18, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 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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Friendship by the Book – When A Friend Dies

Published: March 18, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

There have been many prior posts on The Friendship Blog about the pain of losing a close friend but the tragedy of losing a friend to suicide is especially haunting.   In her new book, The Guardians: An Elegy, award-winning writer Sarah Manguso has crafted a beautiful story to help her understand and better cope […]

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