Category Archives: Friendship

To Win At All Costs

The desire to prevail in disputes and disagreements is natural. This urge is often exploited to favorable effect in athletic contests and warfare. The compulsion to win at all costs takes on more nuanced value when it comes to interpersonal … Continue reading

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His Personal Power

Glen was an emotionally withdrawn teen because he was often teased for his squeaky voice and long legs. He classified himself as “mid-tier” between cool and untouchable according to his school’s hierarchy. His social skills were weak to non-existent, but … Continue reading

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Distant Friends

The last paragraph of an email from John in San Jose expressed gratitude for our friendship. It caught me pleasantly off-guard. The words came completely out of the blue. They weren’t in honor of a holiday or a birthday. They … Continue reading

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Contemplating Kindness

During these highly polarized times, misunderstandings can quickly escalate into dramatic disputes. Being disrespectful and mean are not only considered OK, such attitudes are encouraged by high-ranking officials, celebrities, and even some clergy. Hostility and unkindness can quickly infect cultures … Continue reading

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Betrayal

You trust someone enough to be perfectly candid with her but you are unaware of her deception and deceit. As best friends, you let down your guard more and more while she contributes a few tidbits of scenarios of her … Continue reading

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Give Something Nice Away

Boyfriend’s birthday will be next week so I need to figure out what to give Karl to help celebrate. He’s fairly well-off, so he does not have a wish-list. There are a couple of items that he likes that are … Continue reading

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Jacob’s Freedom

I feel all jazzed up and patriotic after this weekend’s Independence Day celebrations. There were over the top proclamations of freedom seemingly every time I turned around. As we begin a new work week in the wake of freedom-selling, this … Continue reading

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