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Old Friends

The Expert Way To Handle Someone Who *Thinks* They'll Be Invited To Your Wedding

BRIDES | Posted 02.03.2016 | Weddings

by Jaimie Schoen, BRIDES Photo: Courtesy of Julie Song Ink It's amazing who you suddenly hear from once you're engaged. Your carpool buddy from pre...

Why I'm Still Heartbroken Over The End Of A Friendship, 20 Years On

Debbie Slevin | Posted 12.15.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

Once upon a time, I had a friend who was very important to me. I actually had two friends who were important. We had been a threesome during much of high school, Annie, Michael and me. Just before we turned 40, Michael, who had been HIV-positive for a number of years, moved into full-blown AIDS.

Old Friends

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.25.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Friendship: The Nourishment Comes in Many Forms

Renee Fisher | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

The four of us did what we do best: We laughed. I'm not sure if we are actually as clever as we believe ourselves to be. But it doesn't really matter. We laughed through our days until we exhausted ourselves.

Auld Acquaintance

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.03.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


Old Friends, New Year

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

In many ways, I'm closer to my friends than to my own siblings. I love my brother and sister. Still, the memories I share with these sisters-by-choice, are stronger because they are so similar.

A Letter To The People We Used To Know

Lexi Herrick | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Lexi Herrick

I wish you weren't a person that I used to know. I see your life in photos like I watch strangers in a film. Brief texting has replaced deep conversation and secret-sharing. Memories have replaced realities

Friends Are (Really) Important

Alex Madda | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Madda

For me, making new friends has been of the utmost importance. I've learned that if you don't have family around, you can always, and probably should, make a new one! (But not literally... ) We may not have steady careers right now. But for me, having steady friends feels just as rewarding.

50th Reunion First Rule: Just Admit You Don't Recognize Most of Your Old Pals

Martha Nelson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

I've never attended a school reunion in my life. Not high school, college, or graduate school. Never. But the 50th Oswego High School (NY) reunion was irresistible to me. I asked myself, "If not now, when?" And so I booked the hotel, rental car, and flight, and took off for Lake Ontario.

Why Nothing Can Ever Replace An Old Friendship

Stanley Ely | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

I was surprised that our friendship had meant so much -- that she must have sensed early on that I was no candidate for marriage -- that our romance was temporary and chaste, and it would be no more than a nice interlude until she met the guy who was a candidate for marriage. With many intervening decades and changes in her life, I thought those days as undergraduates were mostly erased. It was wonderful to find the friendship not forgotten.

Which Old Friendships Are Worth Hanging On To?

Next Avenue | Linda Bernstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Bernstein Recently, during a routine medical procedure, the doctor goofed. Anesthesia went under my skin inste...

Why Life Is All About Finding Your Wolf Pack

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.11.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For the past 35 years or so, I have been part of a wolf pack. Don't panic, it's just what I call my collection of close women friends.

The Value Of Having Friends Older Than You

Next Avenue | John Stark | Posted 09.22.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By John Stark They say old friends are the best, and I agree. When I was in my 20s and 30s, I did a lot of hanging out ...

The Risk I Absolutely Had To Take

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.09.2013 | Fifty
Mark Rubinstein

Some weeks ago, I had two exhilarating experiences. I decided to reconnect with old friends. These weren't guys I knew from let's say, 10 or 15 years ago. The friendships went very far back.

How I Re-Discovered My Best Friend From College

Felice Shapiro | Posted 05.08.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I was so in love with my college roommate that when my boyfriend called to see if I would go out on Friday night, I would cover the receiver and whisper to her, 'Did you want to see that movie at the Biograph with me?' If she said yes, I'd tell him I was busy. She was my #1.

Forgiveness and Serendipity

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 02.04.2013 | New York
Nancy Cohen-koan

This Thanksgiving I witnessed forgiveness and serendipity in action. Time may heal all wounds but good food speeds the process.

'Hygiene Hypothesis' or 'Old Friends' Theory?

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

Is it the "hygiene hypothesis" or the "old friends" theory that makes the most sense? From a recent report on papers from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene, it seems like it's just two views from different sides of the same coin.

Forever Friends: After Four Decades, Reconnecting With a Golden Girl

Chuck Gomez | Posted 12.02.2012 | Good News
Chuck Gomez

Our friends are a bridge through time and space. With true friends you can pick up where you left off. Time doesn't erase a thing. And it didn't with Karen either.

What I See in the Faces of my Friends

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

We all get older. We all age. And we all are reminded each day, when we look at the faces of those we love, that we are doing this aging thing alongside each other, keeping the youngest part of ourselves alive.

Magic In The Berry Patch

Lee Woodruff | Posted 09.18.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

Picking was also about tending a friendship, sustaining the strong parts and feeling tenderly for the weaker places. Nothing was off-limits, in that easy way that lifelong friends have with one another.

High School Reunion

Randi Miller | Posted 08.28.2012 | DC
Randi Miller

The invitation to one's 30th high school reunion brings about a litany of emotions including the inexplicable onset of a feeling of failure, both in life and in weight management, as well as the fear that nobody will recognize us.

New Friends, Lost Friends, Found Friends And Old Friends

Jim Higley | Posted 08.22.2012 | Fifty
Jim Higley

Every once in a while, my kids have to sit through my lecture about friends. I give it when one of their friendships fizzles, a pal peters out or a BFF suddenly goes MIA.

Legacy Friends: Keeping old friendships alive

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

QUESTION Hi Irene, My best friend from college (who later was my maid of honor) and I had a fall out three years ago. After 13 years of friendship, ...

Losing friends when you get divorced

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

QUESTION Hi Irene, Three and a half years ago I left my husband. We divorced amicably and have a collaborative and supportive co-parenting relations...

Yes, Virginia, friendships fade

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

QUESTION Dear Irene, I am in my late 50s and feel discouraged to discover that all of my friendships seem so fluid. I've had very good friends durin...