The Friendship Blog Newsletter

The Friendship Blog Newsletter - February 26, 2009

Have you been reading my posts on The Friendship Blog this month? If you haven't, this is what you've missed:

February 1
Co-rumination: Is it healthy for adolescents to rehash their boy problems?
A research study looks at the impact of adolescent girls who constantly talk to one another about guy problems

February 2
Bonding when things go bad
A post about a female support group called Dating a Banker Anonymous (the women who started the group later admitted that their story, published in the New York Times, was an exaggeration)

February 3
Reader Q & A: By love possessed
A reader writes about her overly-possessive friend

February 5
A "good enough" friend
A reader is haunted by a friend who has told her she isn’t “good enough”

February 8
Girlfriendology: Inspiring Female Friendships
An interview with Debra Hauppert, the girl behind Girlfriendology, an online community for women that aims to celebrate, appreciate and inspire women

February 9
For Better or For Worse: Weddings and Friendship

Part 1 of an interview with wedding expert Sharon Naylor, author of 35 wedding books

February 11
What to do and say when your friend gets a pink slip
A link to my podcast on Girlfriendology on how to handle a friend who gets fired

February 11
She's Just Not That Into You: Six ways to know when a girlfriend's a frenemy
My advice on how to recognize a friend who’s not a friend (also appeared on The Huffington Post)

February 12
Friendship by the Book: Second Chance by Jane Green
My thoughts about this latest book by chick-lit author Jane Green

February 12
Valentine's Day: Not Just for Lovers
A new look at what Valentine’s Day means to friends, a memorial tribute to my dad

February 16
Double Trouble: Losing two friends at once
A reader writes about her misfortune of losing two close friends in close succession

February 17
For Better or For Worse: Weddings and Friendship - Part II
The second part of my interview with wedding expert, Sharon Naylor

February 20
Just Do It: Putting a fractured friendship behind you
A reader expresses her discomfort in getting past a friendship that has fallen apart

February 22
Reader Q & A: Unable to let go
A reader is unable to let go of a toxic friend who always causes her great pain

February 23
Friendless in Seattle
How can a middle-aged woman be unable to keep a friend?

February 24
Friendship and Money: She's fired, you're not

The first part of an interview with journalist Emma Johnson, who covers money and finance topics for

February 25
A writer asks: How could my colleague and friend undermine me?
A colleague of mine expresses her disappointment at being shafted by a writer-friend

February 26
Till Kids Do Us Part: A interview on pregnancy, motherhood and friendship
Kristina Sauerwein’s two-part interview with me on

And the month still isn’t over! Well, it almost is---and if you live in the northeast like me, we'll all be happy when the bitter winter months morph into spring.

My blog readership is on a steady ascent, thanks to you. My book is slated for publication by Overlook Press this coming September, finally.

Please continue to visit my blog and share your questions, comments, anecdotes, stories and thoughts about your friendships (including the ones that got away)---and to share the URL with your real friends, Facebook friends, and MySpace friends.

I'd also very much appreciate your signing up to be my fan on The Huffington Post and chiming in there when you have something to add.

In friendship,

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January 29, 2009

Dear Friend:

Thanks for subscribing to my newsletter. The latest post on my blog is called The Sometimes Friend.

It responds to a letter from a reader named Tara, who has trouble making the "best friend" cut and who seems forever relegated to the lonely role of the "sometimes friend." I've given Tara some advice about how to overcome this hurdle and develop more intimate relationships. Please feel free to join in the conversation if you have other thoughts to add.

I was excited to learn this week that my book, Best Friends Forever: Surviving the Myth will be released in September, 2009 by Overlook Press.


Please know how much I enjoyed blogging and interacting with women across the world who are as interested in female friendships as I am. Talking openly about our friendships enables us to learn so much from each other. As always, I appreciate your visiting my blog and sharing your questions, thoughts and concerns.


I think I've worked out the kinks so I can send these mailings to you more regularly (Well, actually it was my son who worked his magic!). 



Irene S. Levine, PhD
Freelance Journalist & Author
Professor, NYU School of Medicine

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