02/23/2012 02:09 pm ET

Mending Fences

"You're doing it again," my friend Sally whispered to me one night, not long ago.

"Doing what?" I asked her, feigning innocence. We were at dinner with a group of people, one of whom had done me wrong years earlier. And to avoid talking to or even making eye contact with this woman, I had situated myself as far away from her as I possibly could.

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