Friendships are shaped by circumstances and fate
Some last forever, others have expiration dates set by us, them, others
Friendships can happen anywhere, can be generic and or specific depending on time/date/location
Categories are endless…
Childhood/work/ shopping/ commuter friends/common – uncommon interests/
Given all these possibilities who knows who or how the next friend will appear…when in doubt about ‘who is who’ I offer the following guidelines.
Friends remind us of our strengths when we forget what we have done right
Friends provide cheer and comfort when our own resources are exhausted
Friends help us keep focus, help brainstorm, identify options when we are too exhausted to do so for ourselves.
And friends remind us to “use our powers for good!” when temptation calls…as it often does!


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers… a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.