Category: friends

Comparison, tribes, and the right standard

We are born into small tribes. Each tribe has its own rules, and its own standards. These standards shape the tribe, and set expectations of the members. These standards aren’t usually written down, but they shape who we are and who we become. Tribes…

Putting Your Friends Out

We live near an airport. When our friends fly, our home transforms into a park-and-ride. When our friends fly, our home can also transform into a bed-and-breakfast. We offer this service. We are trying to be good friends, not bad friends. Some participate. Some don’t….

Conversations and How to Have Them

Together we discussed friendship, which was one of my favorite experiences. But recently I have noticed that friendship (or relationships in general) are built and fueled by conversations. Over the past few months I have been observing conversations. But conversations are weird. Some are like…

Elliptical Orbits

(Image Courtesy of wiseGEEK) Apparently I have a lot in common with early astronomers. Both Copernicus and Galileo thought that planets traveled in perfectly round orbits, because the circle was an “ideal shape.” Circular orbits made sense, something is moving around something else, and…

New Patterns, New Memories

Getting together with people, especially with those who are close, is not always easy. Logistics. What time, where, who, and what? Dynamics. The past, the incident, that time, and those words. Expectations. The food, the venue, the relationships, and the activities. Patterns. When to…

Eel Gloves

(Image Courtesy of adirondackalmanack.com and USFWS) Sometimes we can be hard to pin down. Sometimes we wiggle and squirm our way out of accountability, progress, or accomplishment. Sometimes we say we are going to do something, but try to slip out of it. A good friend…

The Forgiveness Receipt

We do something wrong. There is a transaction that needs to occur. We need to apologize. We need to say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness. A real apology: Not a “I am sorry if I [offended, hurt, misunderstood, overreacted…] But more of…

A Little Friendly Research (My Turn)

I asked you a series of questions, and your answers appeared in the last 7 posts. Your answers were vulnerable, honest, funny, serious, and clever. Your answers inspired questions, discussions, and honest conversations about friends, and friendships. Your answers inspired some actions, as friends…

A Little Friendly Research Part 7 (The Finale)

Part 7. The Finale. Wondering what this is all about? Start here. I asked. You answered. Question 8: Anything else that you would like to share? [Insert name] is a great friend. This exercise, especially questions 6 and 7, gave me pause – made me…

A Little Friendly Research Part 6 (Questions 6 and 7)

Part 6. I am a little sad that this series is coming to an end. You see, I asked a bunch of you to weigh in on 9 questions about friends and friendship. After this post, only 2 questions remain. It feels a little…

A Little Friendly Research Part 5

Part 5. Over the hump. In the home stretch. Some other cliché. Just finding this today? Try the beginning or the reason behind this little experiment. In order to learn more about friends and friendships, I asked some of the followers of this blog…

A Little Friendly Research Part 4

Part 4. Go ahead and catch up on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or what got it all started. (It is okay, we will wait.) In order to learn more about friends and friendships, I asked some of the followers of this blog…

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