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Friendship: When Little Problems Mushroom into Big Ones

Published: March 16, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve been struggling about what to do about my friend Jennifer, whom I’ve known for 14 years. She really took me aback with a letter she wrote me almost a year ago. It included everything I had done that had upset her, all the way back to 2005, when she was my […]

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Do I have to be friends with a difficult sister-in-law?

Published: August 21, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | Reply Continue Reading

Relationships with sister-in-laws can be complicated — especially for women, who tend to be the “connectors” or glue that holds families together.

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When a friendship breakup spills over to family

Published: July 18, 2011 | Last Updated: July 18, 2011 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

Two friends split and the tension spills over to their husbands and children   QUESTION Hi Irene, My ex-BFF and I had a recent falling out a few months back after a close seven-year friendship. Not only did we become good friends, so did our husbands, kids and extended families. We did a lot of […]

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Surprise! She’s back…

Published: April 7, 2011 | Last Updated: April 7, 2011 By | 8 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, Recently discovered your column (it’s awesome) and hope you can help me gain some perspective.   I was introduced to my husband by my good friend. She was dating his best friend at the time. She and her boyfriend broke up, but we continued to be friends until I stopped hearing from […]

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What Do You Do When A Good Friend Hits On Your Husband?

Published: January 22, 2011 | Last Updated: August 23, 2022 By | 18 Replies Continue Reading

A reader asks: What do you do when a good friend hits on your husband? Does the friendship have to come to an end?

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Friends who live high on the hog

Published: September 29, 2010 | Last Updated: April 6, 2016 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A woman expresses hurt over friends who live high on the hog.

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Friendships by the Book: The Unfaithful Widow

Published: June 18, 2010 | Last Updated: June 18, 2010 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

The Unfaithful Widow is a collection of essays by Barbara Barth, describing her first year alone after her husband’s death. "I blush to say that everything in the book happened to me, or rather I did it all, " says Barbara. "Saying I did it all has more power to it, which is the message […]

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Stuck in a rut

Published: August 17, 2009 | Last Updated: August 17, 2009 By | Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, I’ve been a friend with someone for over two decades. She’s intelligent, a good person and very honest, but since her first marriage fell apart and she remarried, all she does is complain about her current spouse. I tried asking her what she’s going to do about this. She said she doesn’t […]

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