Friendship and relationship advice,  Health & wellbeing,  Oakland Press columns

Rebooting our friendships after Covid

“Growing a friendship requires a lot of initiation. Repeatedly. If you want to start a new friendship — or revive an old one — you have to reach out several times.” ~Shasta Nelson

Our social lives haven’t been the same since the start of the pandemic. As we regain a sense of normalcy this holiday season, we look forward to spending time with friends and loved ones again.

This week, my Sunday feature story discusses how to form new friendships (or rekindle old ones) after periods of absence, isolation, or neglect. It includes relationship advice from national friendship experts, plus updated CDC guidelines on how to gather safely. Read it online here. ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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