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It's the sort that can last a lifetimeThe kind that can weather any storm. It carries passengers carefully over the roughest waters. A vessel which offers sanctuary from life's storms and no matter how many people are aboard, there is room for everyone. The Friend Ship is the one that makes the voyage worthwhile... whether in a port or on the high seas, this is a liner that will always bring us safely home.

"Life is like a great ship with room aboard for many people. Friends who hop on and off, charming but quickly forgotten. Friends who sail along when all is placid, adding pleasure to the trip. And those friends whom you can depend on, fair weather or foul; who will ride out the very worst storms with you and see you safely to port. I love this spacious and sturdy vessel and christened it long ago: My ship of friends. The Friendship" Marjorie Holmes

We usually consult with our friend, Sue Patton Thoele in Freedoms After 50 and she certainly has a wonderful perspective on the subject of friends.

"Lord Byron said, 'Friendship is Love without the wings.'But I beg to differ; I believe that Friendship gives Love its wings! Our friends provide ballast when we are weathering rough seas; in celebration, they soar with us over the mountaintops. Their love provides safe sanctuaries where we can share all that is within and about us. True friends accept us, chaff and grain alike, and almost more important than anything, they laugh with us. And we do the same for them. Friends, born of my heart, our bloodline is spirit."

Looking for levity on the matter, we turn to our friend Erma Bombeck:

"A friend does not go on a diet when you are fat.
A friend does not show you the extravagant flowers she received for Mother's Day when you received a plastic elephant pencil sharpener.
A friend does not find humor in a mother-in-law who wore a black armband to your wedding.
A friend does not clean house until her children are grown and you can do it together.
A friend is just a plain wonderful person…..like yourself."
Ah, Erma—always leaves 'em laughing…..we just wish she hadn't left us so soon!

FRIENDSHIP By Allison Hunter Explore the mystery of friendship with me through articles, reviews, and stories! Learn something new about the nature of friendship, make some new friends, and develop closer bonds with some old friends. Browse tributes others have created and find inspiration for how to celebrate your own friends!

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NEAT WOMEN OFTEN REALIZE When they reach a CERTAIN AGE they can tell people exactly how they feel, and for those exceptional relationships, flowers can bring a "message from the heart."

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CLOSE FRIENDS LOVE BOOKS! Friends Here are some that anyone would love to receive Fresh-Cut Flowers for a Friend by Dianna Booher, Editor: Terry Gibbs - approx. cost $7.99

Friendship of a Lifetime commemorates that once in a lifetime friendship that starts with playing dress-up to watching ourselves grow to be "women of a certain age" - approx. cost $6.96

cover Friendshifts: The Power of Friendship and How It Shapes Our Lives by Jan Yager This is a comprehensive exploration of one of the most vital but least understood relationships that enhances our lives, friendship. Amazon $18.36 Paperback - 287 pages

THE LACHRYMATORY:: is a tiny vial filled with tears honoring the joys and sorrows family and friends share in a lifetime…... this link will take you to the page where you can find one for that someone special.

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EVE'S ANGEL AWARD Would you like to honor a special Friend in a unique and fun fashion? We offer the EVE'S Angel Award for you to bestow.

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FRIENDSHIP CARD CENTER Greeting Card Center Send a friend a card today! it only takes a minute...there are so many to choose from. Simply click on the ship to steam right on over to our Greeting Card Center

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Here's a little something to hold onto until you can talk to or get together with a friend!

"In a world more and more polluted by the lying of politicians and the illusions of the media, I occasionally crave to hear and tell the truth….Friendship is by its very nature freer of deceit than any other relationship we can know because it is the bond least affected by strive for power, physical pleasure, or material profit, most liberated from any oath of duty or of constancy."
Francine du Plessix Gray

"Funny, you don't look like a friend —ah, but they never do."
Grace Metalious

"It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it."
Zora Neale Hurston

"I always feel that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing."
Katherine Mansfield

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