I've Lost All My Friends...What Do I Do Now?

About two years ago I had so many friends that it was great. I was at my last job. But then, hundreds of us got laid off/fired. Only a handful of folks kept their jobs. It was a wonderful company and I miss seeing my friends each day.

My So-Called Friend

My so-called friend deleted me on Facebook because of an accidental slip-of-the-tongue. I told her I didn't like her cousin. I thought telling the truth even though it hurts was the right thing.

The Awkwardness of Friendship After Dating

I really cared a lot about someone whom I dated. After the end of our dating relationship three years ago, I was devastated. However, I was very willing to be his friend. For the last two years, I was doing all of the hard work and effort to maintain this friendship.

Am I Asking Too Much of a Friend?

I've recently been coming to terms with some deeply buried grief, and also struggling with self-injury problems as well. My "best friend" of 19 years has hardly been there for me and only seems to come around when he needs me.

Getting Involved in Someone Else's Marriage Is Always Risky Business

I have a friend with whom I haven't really been in contact with for about nine months. My husband heard her husband say some really nasty things about her. Their marriage was already having some issues and she led us to believe that she was getting ready to leave him. So my husband thought she should know what her husband was saying behind her back.

When a Boss Pulls the Plug on a Friendship

I was recently dumped by one of my closest friends, whom I loved dearly. I am devastated, sad, hurt and disappointed. But I have an extra big problem: my ex-friend is my boss.

Should I Tell My Friend I Know About Her Past?

Today I received some rather shocking news about my new girlfriend and I am reeling! I was told that she is listed on the sex offenders website for our state.

Is It Common to Love More Than One Person?

Do you think this is a common thing? For a person to love more than one person at once? For a person to fall in love with someone the way I did and yet, still be happy with the person they are with, but to love another at the same time?

A Divorce Takes a Toll on the Relationship Between Two Sisters

My sister is two years older than me. We've had a pretty good relationship throughout the years although our teen years have really taken a toll. She moved out of the house with my mama and me, and moved in with our dad about a year ago.

Friendship by the Book: Stuff Every Mom Should Know

Stuff Every Mom Should Know (Quirk Books, 2012) by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss is a sweet, eminently readable, gift book for the new mom with practical hints ranging from "how to sing a baby to sleep" to "how to make a grilled cheese sandwich." It also has a chapter on "How to Meet Other Moms," something often asked about on my blog.

Friendship: Nightmare on My Street

When life in a subdivision suddenly turns from cozy to creepy.

Feels Like My Friends Are Dropping Like Flies

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.

Getting Over the Demise of an Online Friendship

Long story short: My best online friend and I broke up. Actually, it was me who broke up with her over something she had done (something that involved lying to me and not caring about my feelings in general). The thing is I feel like I was the one who was dumped.

Middle School Lunchroom Redux at Age 60: What's a Girl to Do?

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.

Mind-Reading: When A Friend Doesn't Tell You What's She's Thinking

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 maid of honor.

Friendship by the Book: An Interview With the Author of Perfect on Paper

This breezy new novel, Perfect on Paper by Janet Goss (Penguin New American Libary,2012) keeps the reader guessing about artist Dana Mayo's love life until the end. The book also holds some friendship lessons so I interviewed the author, Janet Goss.

Friendship: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

I became really close friends with this girl that works in my local community center. We were best friends, always had banter, gossip, and helped each other through our ups and downs. She was working there during another worker's maternity leave. But as the maternity leave came to an end, she had to get a new job.

I'm Her Friend, Not Her Mother!

My best friend and I have been buddies for nearly twelve years, having met during our freshman year of high school. We're now in our mid-twenties. I can't help but feel like she never quite grew up.

It's Tough to Let Go of Childhood Friends

I'm 26 years old and have known my best friend since kindergarten. She's always been hot and cold—one day we're friends, the next day we aren't. Last year she was going through a tough time. She accused me of not being there for her.

New Love: How Do I Tell My Child and My Ex? (By Mark Banschick, M.D.)

My ex and I split three years ago after four years together. We have one daughter. Since the breakup, we've managed to become good friends, and that's important to me.

9 Practical Tips If You're Home Alone

I am 63. My husband brought me here many years ago. It is rural and here, family is everything—which is nice—but I have none. My life from the beginning was similar to a child in an orphanage. I was cared for by someone, I guess, but never had any modeling for family. There was no love, no touching, no hugging and no intimacy.

My Best Friend Is Pulling Away From Me

Dear Irene, I'm a junior in high school who has never been the most popular person. I'm generally the weird girl who eats lunch alone reading a book. However, over the past couple of years, I've made a few incredible friends.

The Best Friend Fantasy

I had a boyfriend for two months that I became madly in love with, and thought he felt the same for me. His friends constantly said they had never seen him like this. I thought of him as someone not only important romantically, but someone that would turn into my best friend.

8 Ways to Make a Friend Feel Special on Valentine's Day

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or the Día del amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship)—as do many Latin Americans—February 14th offers a perfect opportunity to show affection for close friends, who add so much to our lives.

The Road Is Never Long Between Friends ... Or Is It?

Hi Irene, My friend and I used to be really close, however, I live at least an hour away and I can't drive. We've slowly drifted apart, she answers calls less, responds to messages less, and we talk a whole lot less.

Children of Divorce: The Kids Aren't Always Alright

My formerly popular 11-year old granddaughter is being shunned by her BFFs to the point that she doesn't want to go to school (which she formerly loved). Her parents are going through a divorce, and it's hit her the hardest.

Help! My Kid Is Being Treated Like an Outcast

My 7-year-old son has recently started coming home saying that he isn't wanted at school. He asks me: Why is it that he is not accepted amongst his peers? Is there something wrong with him? He is the only second grade and has been identified as gifted and talented.

Friendship: Timing Counts!

My friend and I became friends when his family moved into my neighborhood when we were both kids. My friend was an outcast and very different from other kids at an early age. Parents questioned his sexuality early on and not in a good way. He loved cleaning, girls' things, dressed differently, talked differently, and had feminine mannerisms.

Heartbroken: My Friend Told Me She "Needs Space"

I am struggling with a friend that said she needs "space." I realize she is in a trying time in her life. Her mother is dying of cancer and she's currently finishing up her master's degree. I am trying to give her the space she needs, but at the same time I am totally heartbroken in thinking that maybe she is pulling away from our friendship.

Friendship by the Book: Couples and Their Couple Friendships

Think it's hard to find a true friend? Multiply that complexity times two and try finding a couple with whom you and your partner can mesh pretty seamlessly.

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