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The Spontaneous Friend

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

About three years ago, writer Rachel Bertsche moved from New York to Chicago with her husband-to-be, leaving behind her friends, her job and a city sh...

Talking about friendship with NYT best-selling author Jane Green

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

New York Times best-selling author Jane Green is a mother of six. Remarkably, she has written a book a year for the past 12 years. Like her other book...

The elephant in the room: My once-BFF

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION: Hi Irene, I love your blog and read it all the time; you offer such great advice. Now I have some problems of my own and was wondering if...

Shouldn't a sister be a close friend?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, Last October I discovered that my only sister, who is two years older than me, has been stealing the money I send to take care ...

Never a Best Friend?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, I don't know if this is a strange question or if many other women have the same issue as me. I have a lot of friends that I'm ...

Should a child be allowed to have a best friend?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

An article in today's New York Times challenged the notion that children should have best friends. A Best Friend? You Must Be Kidding raised hackles a...

The Friendships of Humpback Whales

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

After returning from the ocean, the same small groups of female humpback whales meet up each summer to swim alongside each other and feed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Best Friends Day: The Soundtrack of our Friendship

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Is there a woman my age (approaching 60) who doesn't remember singing along to "You've Got a Friend" with James Taylor or with Carol King on her Tapestry album?

Part 2: Acupuncture - "Because It Works!"

Jamie Frevele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jamie Frevele

Yesterday, I described my first experience with acupuncture. Today, Erin Hessel of Esema Healing Arts will tell you why you should try it and what's h...

Friendship by the Book: Finding "Unexpected Angels" in the Workplace

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Women should create "communities of support" at work that consist of at least two other like-minded women who will help each other stay on target to their dreams and resolve problems along the way.

Losing sleep over a betrayal by a a couple

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, My husband and I were very close friends with another couple who betrayed and hurt us deeply. They made twisted and false accus...

Finding a Bunco group, one player at a time

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, First of all, thank you for your blog and columns; I've gained much insight from you. I am a 42-year-old mother of two boys and...

No time for friends? Think again~

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

How many times have you felt that there simply aren't enough hours in the day? Or perhaps, thought you really would like to spend more time with girlf...

Finding a long lost friend: Let me count the ways

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

One way to replenish your stock of friends is to dig deep into your past. Rediscovering a friend with whom you have a shared history can truly be a tr...

A friend you can count on...well, sometimes

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene: My friend sent me a message on Facebook (a personal message, not where it could be read by everyone). She said: Hey, your birth...

Devastated Over Being Dumped? Control What You Can

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

It always hurts to be dumped without having any say in the matter but it will be less painful and you will heal more quickly over time if you take control of what you can.

Making friends at 60: "I don't want to die alone..."

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION: Dear Irene, How does one get over being so alone? I do have a few very good friends, but too few! I am dying of loneliness! I don't know ...

School Cancels Prom Because Girl Wants To Bring Her Girlfriend, Wear A Tux

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Constance McMillen wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date to her prom. And she wanted to wear a tuxedo. Consequently, Itawamba County School District has decided to not host a prom this year.

Passed over as a Godmother: Dealing with the hurt

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, I am an only child and have a friend named Linda (who is also an only) whom I've known since first grade. She is due to give bi...

A breakdown of trust: When long-time friends fight over a guy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, For the past six to eight months I've had two friendships deteriorate. Jillian had been my friend for about 15 years. We ...

Friendship by the Book: Pieces of Happily Ever After

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Journalist and author Irene Zutell's latest novel sensitively captures the inevitable struggles that women face: infidelity, divorce, achieving independence, losing friends and making them.

Betrayed by the Office Gossip Girl

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Irene, I took a new job and became friendly with a woman named Gina. Gina told me about her past mistakes and seemed very consumed wit...

From 'Just Friends' to a Workplace Nightmare: What Happened?

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

A little more than a year ago I began a friendship with a female co-worker. We are both married and it never went beyond the friendship stage nor did either or us want it to.

Resisting the Urge to Gossip

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Managers need to find ways to promote informal communication while minimizing destructive gossip and knife-in-the-back criticism that impairs relationships, lowers morale, and decreases productivity.

Watching a Good Friend Make Bad Decisions

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

My friend broke up with her first serious boyfriend about a year ago. She still spends most of her time with him and his family but they all take advantage of her. Is there something that can help her see what's going on?