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Answering Machine

Tom Mallouk writes touchingly of a deceased friend and the small bit of impermanence that remains.

Elegy for a One-Man Greek Chorus

Tragicomic

Hayden Saunier remembers a beloved friend in this Greek tragedy of a poem.

How Do You Know If You Have A True Friend?

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Bill Cloke lists the qualities of a real friend, and shows us how to hold onto that person.

The Conversation

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What begins as a simple nostalgic conversation turns into a much deeper emotional reconnection in RG Evans’s poem of male friendship.

How far will she go? Can your wife be your best friend and should she be?

Can We Be Friends

Steven Lake examines the crazy idea that your wife could be your best fiend . . . I mean friend.

One Man’s Instruction to Another Man Before He Speaks his Wedding Vows

Patrick Finnegan, with words to his friend.

The Rope

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Neil Silberblatt remembers a friend, taken before his time, in this quiet slice-of-life.

Getting the Call Someone Died: You Just Have to Go On, Right?

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Norbert Brown made a conscious decision not to stop for death. But he’s wondering why.

Confused By Valentine’s Day? Not as Much as This Little Boy

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This little boy had never received a valentine from a classmate, and when it happened he had no idea what hit him.

Across the Universe: Dealing With Death as an Atheist

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After the sudden, unexpected death of a friend Chris Hicke grapples with what it means to be an atheist.

Everything’s Fine, I Went to a Shrink.

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Gregory Jaquet thought his problems were everyone else’s fault but his own. He didn’t need therapy. Why would he?

There’s No Shame in Being Single

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And my mother reads this and thinks, “I hope he’s joking.”

Five Things Every Self-Respecting Man Over 30 Needs. And 40 He Doesn’t.

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Thomas Pluck believes the things a man really needs are all-encompassing and don’t even require money.

They Just Might Be Your Spiritual Partner

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If you examine your path, the person you’ve been looking for might be there in front of you.

Dear John: My Womanizing Roommate Is After a Girl I Like

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A flirty roommate, a disappointed friend after a job opportunity doesn’t pan out, and a mom who doesn’t want her son to study abroad.

“Bemoaning the ‘friend zone’ means you had a romantic interest in someone who doesn’t feel the same, and that hurts.”

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These are comments by Bay Area Guy, dlz, and Jack on the post “The Friend Zone (or, How “Jerks” Are Made)”.