49 Bye-Byes

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“Have you seen the baby?” So began a lifetime friendship with John Kevin Dark and his neighbor.

Comment of the Day: ‘Don’t Waste Your Time Hoping … ‘

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Bottom line: if an intimate relationship or friendship isn’t equal, it’s over.

6 Simple Steps for Ending Toxic Relationships

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Toxic relationships have symptoms. This simple, six-step program from watchwellcast shows you how to diagnose relationships that are bad for you and restore your own emotional health.

Don’t Lose Yourself In Another: 12 Ways To Maintain Independence In A Relationship

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If you’re truly going to love spending time together, consider spending some time apart.

When It’s Worth Breaking the Rules

Not us. But it could have been.

Most of us live life by rules we set, but sometimes we want to break them. Mike Iamele did just that at a recent wedding weekend.

She’s an Ex for a Reason: Why it’s Impossible to Really Stay Friends After a Breakup

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Dan Scotti answers the age old question: can people stay friends after they break up?

What Love Is & What Love Isn’t

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After the overwhelming response to his story about falling in love with his best friend, Mike Iamele wrote down some of the things he’s learned about love.

Friends

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“There are friends who appear at just the right time, say the exact thing you need to hear, and without a single excuse they get why our lives are so precious.”

I’m an Otherwise Straight Man (Who Fell in Love with His Best Friend)

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It didn’t matter if it didn’t fit my identity. It didn’t matter if it didn’t fit my sexuality. It just mattered if it brought me love.

Of Axes and Friends

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Avery Jenkins, with a story about the fierce friendship between him and a fellow crew member as they were clearing the Appalachian Trail.

A Teaspoon of Expletives Helps the Compliment Go Down

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Sometimes it takes a few swear words and threat of bodily harm from a good friend to allow gratitude in.

Why Men’s Friendships Can Feel So EMPTY

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Mark Greene believes men’s avoidance of emotional risk when making friends can often result in friendships that are impersonal and inauthentic.

3 Things I Wish Someone Said to Me After Trauma

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Sarafina Bianco has advanced degrees in DV and PTSD. Here’s her crash course on what people should and shouldn’t say to survivors of trauma.

Men Are Worthy, Despite What We’re Taught

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Reconnecting with an old friend reminds Thomas Fiffer of his own struggle to regain self-respect.

Facebook: The End of Loneliness?

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Why connecting on the social media site feels like a constant affirmation.

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.