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Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "The only way to have a friend is to be one." In the spirit of those inspiring words, Ask Emerson is a feature designed to help you be the best friend you can be. Each month, we will select a question or two for response. Send your questions to

Dear Emerson,

My e-Buddy seems nice, but she'll only write me if I write her first. She never initiates an e-mail. Also, when she does respond to my e-mails, she only writes one or two sentences. What should I do?

Always the Writer

Dear Writer,

That is a common situation. There are various levels of ability: some people may only be able to write a few sentences, while others will write pages. You could try to address this directly with your e-Buddy. Mention in an e-mail that it would be nice if she wrote you sometimes, instead of you always writing her, and see what happens. If it seems appropriate, try a challenge: ask your e-Buddy to write one more line in each e-mail.

Try to remember that even if your e-Buddy only writes a few sentences, the interaction is still meaningful and important.

Signing off,


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