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Weekend Reading: Soldiers, muslin tricks, and making friends


This week, I read this lovely essay by Courtney Martin on the romance of new friendship, an experience I’ve had many times throughout my life. It made me think in a number of ways: about the intimacy of female friendship, about how friendships change tone as you age, and especially about the difficulty of befriending straight men when everyone is coupled up. It’s a thoughtful read.

“In truth, long-term friendship is our lifeblood — the thing that remains when all else, including marriages, fail.”

Here are a few more fun reads for your weekend.

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Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



March 11, 2016 #

I’ve got to ask this, is it uncommon in the US for married men to become friends with women? Because we met this lovely American woman and she went on a couple of activities with my husband when I was sick and she was amazed that I would let him do that. My husband has lots of female friends, they’re all really cool women.


March 11, 2016 #

I’d say this it’s a bit uncommon, yeah, or at least suspicious-looking, but then in America our divorce rate is right near 50%, so that probably doesn’t help either. I mean, these relationships aren’t founded well to begin with, so you’ve got none too confidant wives. Add in a few more girls and it sounds like someone’s not happy.
But then I know people who are totally cool with each partner having their own friend groups, so I’d say it depends. I think a stereotypical “popular, like football+cheerleader” couple might be like this, but a more progressive “drama/band nerd” couple would be more open.
Hope that helps!


March 11, 2016 #

I think it really depends on the individuals. My partner has always had female friends and it’s never been anything other than normal to me. And I like being friends with all different people too. But everyone’s different!


March 12, 2016 #

Ah, thanks. I really was wondering, because I have never met someone who thought it weird.


March 12, 2016 #

Re: Lesage beadwork
The last or second-to-last photo was a shocker – it’s so close to a real leopard! Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom was literally my favorite TV show when I was a kid . . . . my initial response was, Oh, no, they couldn’t have!