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May 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I have a longtime friend whom I once considered a "best friend. " We connect at the heart and have relied on each other a lot over the years. Several years back, she went through a tough professional transition and completely cut me off. Not because she was angry with me, but because she needed to move through it alone. I was devastated that she would not return my calls, respond to my e-mails, accept my invitations. That went on for nearly two years. Ultimately, we worked it out, and all was well for a few years.
NEWS
May 4, 2013 | By Robert Senior, For The Inquirer
Five girls met as freshmen at their first cross-country practice at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown in 2003. They were all from different towns, new to the school and nervous, just looking to fit in. What happened to them has happened many times in many places. A bond was formed, friendships that may last a lifetime. "Back in our high school days, we bonded over Coach [Karen] Orr's merciless workouts and on long runs at Valley Green," said Genevieve O'Mara, now of Boston, "and that bond has remained strong ever since!"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: The last few times I've been out with my buddy and his wife, she's made some really derogatory remarks to him, if not outright screamed at him. He seems really cowed by her, like he's just trying to placate her so she'll stop. He hardly talks now. I worry about him (she wasn't like this when they were dating or early in their marriage), and I'm wary of burning bridges. I know him. If I even hint that she's abusing him, he'll get angry. I'm 99 percent certain he doesn't think he's being abused.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I (female) have a very good friend (male). He's great and we enjoy each other's company. I do know, through conversations with him, that he's pretty much a jerk to women he dates/sleeps with, but our friendship doesn't revolve around this, so I don't really care. I have another friend (female) who was interested in him. I told her that while he's a good friend I think he'd be a lousy boyfriend, and gave examples. She claimed he'd be different with her and I stayed out of it. Six months later, he was a jerk to her too, and she's mad at me, not him, for not stopping her, and insists I can no longer be friends with him. How do I deal with this?
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Emily Talamona, LITTLE FLOWER HIGH SCHOOL
Meg Hoechlin is an average teenager. She plays several sports, is involved in her school, and likes to hang out with friends. There's just one thing. Hoechlin is not able to hang out with a lot of her friends in person because she has never met them outside of a computer monitor. Many of her friends live in far-flung places across the country. And she met them through social media. "Some of the people I trust most in the world are Internet friends, simply because they are judgment-free," said Hoechlin, a 17-year-old senior.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Two women, driven by desperation into friendship. In the right hands, this plot forms the basis for exciting buddy comedies ( Thelma & Louise ) or emotionally engaging period pieces ( Enchanted April , Steel Magnolias ). In Michael Whistler's heavy-handed The Prescott Method: Easy Steps to Perfect Bread Baking, Every Time , it inspires little but a desire to check one's watch. This 75-minute time-waster, now receiving its world premiere at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, follows a few months in the lives of town pariah Veronica (Madi Distefano)
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
From Jenny to The Butterfly's Daughter , the book comes after the news of the day: Joan's surgery on Friday; Lisa's first grandchild; and, yes, Jane, you can get Thomas' English muffins at Wegmans. At meetings of the Valley Forge Mountain Book Club, the hot new mystery or literary classic isn't incidental, but it shares nearly equal time with the sisterly chitchat of friends. That's the way it's been for decades with this group of women, this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of a book club whose rules once included a 25-cent fine for tardy members.
SPORTS
January 22, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe Mouphtaou Yarou and Daniel Ochefu get along well because they play basketball for Villanova, or because they have backgrounds in soccer. Or maybe it's because Ochefu's mother gives him African food for Yarou. "My mom makes this egusi soup," Ochefu said. "It's got spinach and different types of meats in it. That's really helped [our relationship]. That wasn't too bad. " "I really like it," Yarou said. Whatever it is that has drawn together Yarou, the 6-foot-10 senior who came to the United States in 2007 from Benin in West Africa, and Ochefu, the 6-11 freshman who returned to his father's native Nigeria to live for 31/2 years before starting high school at the Westtown School, they enjoy their time on and off the court.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My friend's husband is obnoxious and offensive, and I'm out of serenity. I just want to leave now, but our lives are entangled. I feel like a heel waiting out mutual obligations to make my exit, but I don't see any good in telling them what's going on. My friend will just see one more person denigrating her husband. She seems happy and she's repeatedly assured me she's happy with him. Her husband generally gets defensive and is unable to admit fault.
NEWS
December 9, 2012
By Nicolaus Mills Like millions of college football fans, I will be watching this year's Army-Navy game on television when it's played in Philadelphia today. With both teams holding victories over the Air Force Academy, they will be competing for the Commander in Chief's Trophy, which has gone to the winner of the three-team service rivalry for 40 years. Army, which has absorbed 10 straight losses to Navy, will try to start a winning streak of its own in the series, which the Midshipmen lead, 56-49-7.
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