Have been in town since August 1, 2012, and have made progress exploring a hobby in art. Have an acquaintance who has epilepsy, whose parents are setting her up in a restaurant. She is married with no children. Am very happy for her. Her mother told me to stay away from face to face support groups in town, as everyone will know my business. She says she is willing to put my art up on her walls of her restaurant. In a nearby city, am speaking with gallery owners about them displaying my art, as we have many tourists from all over the world. Worried that I have many online friends (mostly here) and she is my only face to face acquaintance. Have a close friend in NYC who I speak with on the telephone several times a week. Feel empty. Had many friends when I lived in Florida 35 years, mostly due to the many support groups I belonged to. In ten years living in NYC, made only one friend, although I filled the gap with several support groups online and face to face. This is the first time I am navigating without face to face support groups. Does anybody have any ideas? My college age roommate has made no friends in the year he has lived here. My other college age roommate was born and raised here, and has many friends. How long should I give it? Attend a new church, but because my health problems have become worse (bitter cold winter?), can't be a 'super volunteer.' Working on becoming competent in bridal, pet portraits and inspirational (mostly angels) paintings.