Patching It Up

Now that we're older, it's time to enjoy the benefits of mending old feuds with friends and family members

The two women had been college pals. One was maid of honor at the other's wedding. They stayed close for 25 years. Then, seven years ago, they had a fight--one accused the other of improperly appropriating a business idea to use in her own company--and they stopped speaking. Recently, one of them, Gail Blanke, 56, concluded that the long friendship ultimately meant more to her than the argument. Blanke telephoned her friend and told her how important she was. The friendship instantly resumed. Even though the two live in different states, today they keep in touch on a regular basis and...

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