Articles by Ask Helen


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Food impacts friendships

A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: Worries go down better with soup than without. Dear Helen: I may have insulted a dear friend. Long story short she is a wonderful person and a terrible cook. Her mom didn’t learn to cook (a child of privilege) so she didn’t teach her daughter. My friend has always been…

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Planning a trip is half the fun

A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: How lovely is the sun after rain and how lovely is laughter after sorrow.   Dear Helen: I’m a single mom with a 14-year-old son. We have a great relationship. I’d like to take him traveling next summer: Europe, Morocco, Thailand and as many cool places as we can explore…

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Loss of spouse strains friendships

Dear Helen: I lost my dear husband of 30 years last summer. We had many friends we would regularly socialize with as couples. I also spent time with the ladies: shopping, lunches, cards. Since my husband has passed away, my couple friends do not call and ask me to join them for dinner or theater…

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