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Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 30, 2013 11:47 AM

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... is online here. The first LW is worried, believe it or not, about how to wish a temperamental friend "happy birthday." My advice, in part--

Put a lid on the rationalizations. I don't want to hear about what a wonderful and generous person Ms. Volcano can be on her good days or how much shared history you have or how you need a kidney and she likes to ride her motorcycle without a helmet and, hey, a guy can hope. She's an emotional terrorist and she's dismantling your grip on reality. Not wanting to tell your boss about the bad quarterly sales figures after he's already been stuck in construction traffic for an hour is normal. Being afraid to wish someone a happy birthday--dreading not only her direct rage but also her possible harm to your relationships with other people--is not.
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