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15 Relationship Red Flags You Should Never Ignore

Brenda Della Casa | Posted 05.14.2014 | Divorce
Brenda Della Casa

Ever feel as though you always find yourself in situations with the slightly shady? Take off the rose-colored glasses and pay attention to these bright red flags.

The Olympic Oversight

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 05.13.2014 | Sports
Blake Skjellerup

Medals were won, friendships were made, and the Games were largely dubbed a success. But during more than two weeks of competition, not one athlete or IOC member made a statement to advance the educational arm of the Olympic movement.

5 Ways To Keep The Drama Out Of Your Midlife Friendships

Julie Fingersh | Posted 05.13.2014 | Fifty
Julie Fingersh

Last week, I stepped into a parked, red Sienna mini-van with my friend Karen, to see if we were breaking up. Karen and I had been close friends for years, made all the cozier by the fact that our same aged-boys were also friends. That is, until a few months ago when, powered by their moody adolescence, the boys started fighting.

Friend

Stanley Ely | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Stanley Ely

The person I write about here died before his time, at 48. We were 30 years apart and friends for a couple of decades, blowing away the theory that intergenerational friendships don't work.

Hey beautiful

Sally McGraw | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Sally McGraw

When I was in high school, my dear friend Emily would address me by saying, "Hey, beautiful!" It always unnerved me back then, though I would never have been able to articulate why.

Confession: I'm a Shopping Bag Addict

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

I am obsessed with shopping bags, and I am not alone. I know of women across the country that seek out good shopping bags as I do, and they hoard them too. If you don't believe me, take a peek in the backs of their closets. You'll find collections that resemble mine.

The 6 Types of Friends Who Make Us Our Best

Nina Vasan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Nina Vasan

Our girlfriends are the family we choose -- they are our support system, sharing everything from breakups to breakthroughs. Whether they are inspiring us, coaching us or cheering us on, our girlfriends use their words and actions to bring out the very best in us.

Recipe For When You're Worried Your Friend Is Mad

Emma Brodie | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Emma Brodie

She says everything is okay, but she's short, avoiding eye contact, and doing that enforcer thing with her arms where she folds them without tucking in her hands... bottom line is, she's mad. You want to make it right, but you have no idea what you did.

5 Reasons Every Woman Needs A Girls Weekend

Abby Draper | Posted 05.08.2014 | Women
Abby Draper

It doesn't have to be anything fancy or elaborate, but a simple few days away from the norm with some women you trust is a special kind of cleanse.

The Other Side of Cancer

Stephanie Sliekers | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sliekers

I am no longer sick. I am well. That isn't the case for some of my closest friends and family. Because I'm 'well,' and perhaps because I'm still desperate to make sense of my own senseless diagnosis, I assign myself responsibility to them.

'Faggedabowdit': Mental Health's Best Tool

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Righteous indignation. Proving your point. Being right. Holding On. Never letting go. Beating a dead horse. Having to win. Always coming out on...

How Laughter Can Heal the Heart and Soul

Joyce Marter | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Joyce Marter

To me, laughter is a non-sexual orgasm. My mind, body and spirit are tickled, sending waves of euphoria that reverberate throughout me. All that is negative is converted into positive waves of light and love. I greatly value the healing and connecting properties of laughter.

The WHOLE Truth?

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Swarthmore College, where I took my first ethics course, which changed my life Photo by Bruce Weinstein A friend of mine, whom I'll call Maurice (n...

The Sex Part Always Gets in the Way

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Sharon Kay Edwards

I've had male friend after male friend in my life, and it always goes to sh*t because it's impossible to just be friends. I mean REAL friends with openness and freedom.

The 3 Kinds Of Friendships Everyone Has By Midlife

Brent Green | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Brent Green

Interdependent relationships are the healthiest. Both parties contribute and receive. Both are available to share the joys of closeness and help shoulder the burdens that come with aging. They give and take. They are committed to mutual growth and positive adaptation along the uncharted journey through life.

How I Celebrated The Passage Of Time At The Funeral Of An Old Friend

Laurie Lesser | Posted 05.01.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Lesser

'Damn!' I said, as I put down the phone, feeling terribly sorry for myself. I couldn't believe I was going to miss the funeral of a good friend, a woman who went by the name of Sputnik. (She was born in India on October 4, 1957, the day the Russians launched the first satellite in space.)

Ex-Lover Would Like to Be Your Friend: Accept, Decline or Ignore?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

Even if your breakup wasn't messy, and you walked away from one another on a somewhat amicable note (like in my case), it's probably not such a good idea to pry into your past paramour's present life.

The Healthy Reflection of Our Friends

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Friends exert a "social contagion effect" and I think LGBT people need that effect to counter the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on our health. If friendship has the clout to heal us, there is huge power in our community.

How To End A Friendship (Without Actually Saying It's Over)

Rachel Jacobson | Posted 04.29.2014 | Teen
Rachel Jacobson

The following are five scenarios for which one can nonchalantly end a friendship and unfortunately begin another's Via Dolorosa.

The 5 Friends Every Woman Should Have

Raluca State | Posted 04.29.2014 | Women
Raluca State

Here are a few key friendships that every woman should have. The ones that will lift her up and help her fall and be there for a laugh when nothing else seems to work.

The Link Is What You Think in Social Fitness

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Happiness, for many, is a serious life goal. Ingrid Bergman once observed that "Happiness lies in good health and a bad memory." That is, happiness do...

Agrigento: Greek Voices in Sicily

Paula H. Noe | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
Paula H. Noe

I stayed in a beautiful hotel (Villa Athena) right in the Archeological Park which surrounds the temple masterpieces and the night-time views of the illuminated Temple of Concordia and Temple of Juno from my room are truly awesome.

5 Conversations Women Should Stop Having

Posted 03.13.2014 | OWN

By Amy Shearn It's easy to share gripes about gray hairs and dimply thighs, but come on, we have more interesting things to say to each other than ...

Divorce: "You Will Survive"

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

My advice: Cry. Often, if you need to. Get a plastic baseball bat and hit a pillow, hard. Take kickboxing or run. Dance. Do yoga. Move the feelings through your body.

The 5 Types Of Friends Everyone Should Have

Shelley Emling | Posted 04.22.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Thanks to Facebook, the idea of 'de-friending' someone is not a foreign one. With a few simple clicks, you can wipe someone from your 'friends' list and never again be faced with a seemingly endless stream of birthday party photos from someone you're no longer close to. But in the real world it's a lot harder to 'de-friend' someone -- but it can be even more important to do so.