I started writing this a few months ago and, as certain events occurred, the piece evolved. After looking at a first final draft over the weekend, I realized I had more to say and have been revising but am ready to lay it rest, at least for a while. This is a subject that is really open ended. The friends we make throughout our journey are part of who we are, even if they’re no longer part of our lives. I guess this is a tribute to all of you, and others I’ve met along the way.

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Ive been hearing more women discuss how, after 50, their friendships with other women become more…