Sunday, October 02, 2011

Image: Irene Levine

Last month I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Irene Levine for a site that she contributes to, Play Goes Strong.

The time I spent with her on the phone felt more like a conversation with a friend than an interview. It turned out to be a very nice piece about "Millie the Blogger."

Here's a link to the post, Meet Millie: On the Way to Becoming the World’s Oldest Elder Blogger:
Millie is clearly smitten with blogging. "My life would be dull and empty without it," she says. "I'm able to learn from people all over the world. Then she adds: "When you're older, you don't have many listeners. The wonderful thing about blogging is that no one interrupts me."
In addition to that blog she has a blog of her own, "The Friendship Blog."

A September the post was titled "National Women's Friendship Month: 25 Ways to Make Yourself a Keeper."
25 Ways to Make Yourself a Keeper
  1. If you make a promise, live up to that
  2. Be punctual, dependable, and reliable.
  3. Show up when she needs you.
  4. Be yourself. Who else can you be?
  5. Accept that you are human and make
    mistakes. Apologize if you have said or done something wrong.
  6. Accept that she is human and may make
    mistakes. Offer forgiveness.
  7. Try not to moan too much.
  8. Don't be guilty of giving out too much
    information (TMI) about yourself too soon.
  9. Be loyal and trustworthy. Resist the urge to gossip or spread
    rumors about your friend.
  10. Be a good listener, tune in to what
    your friend is saying, and try not to interrupt.
  11. Let your friend know you are interested
    in her and make sure everything isn't about you.
  12. Give her enough space so she doesn't
    feel boxed in.
  13. Accept that you won't always be on the same page because you are
    two different people.
  14. Be willing to make sacrifices and
  15. Be a comfort blanket but don't smother
  16. Remember if she detests olives in her
    salad or anchovies on her pizza.
  17. Resist saying "I told you so" even if
    you did.
  18. If she has three sick kids, offer to
    help out.
  19. Don't sleep with her boyfriend or be overly flirtatious with her
  20. Share her successes and find ways to celebrate them.
  21. Don't brag too much when she's feeling down.
  22. Don't let too much time elapse between get-togethers.
  23. Don't be shy about letting her know when her behavior is
    endangering her health or is likely to have other adverse consequences.
  24. Don't harp and constantly remind her of her bad habits.
  25. Let her know how much you value her friendship.
It's the best thing I've ever read about friendship! It's a keeper!!

Which ones would you choose to make you a better friend?

All of those listed are so meaningful, I think it will be hard to narrow them down! You might even want to add some of your own special ideas!!

Hi Millie, i want you to know I value your friendship and I feel so lucky you are in my life sharing and making memories together. Your post was so interesting especially the link which was like a biography profile. Blogging introduces you to many interesting people. You're definitely "Out of the Box"
Love you,
Many excellent and thoughtful ideas in that list about being a keeper Millie. I would find it hard to try to eliminate any of them. I hope to be a keeper and I know you are.

You are the easiest person in the world to "befriend." Your enthusiasm and zest for life are contagious!

Warm regards and best wishes for the New Year,

Millie, I enjoyed your post today and checked out the interview. Very interesing article. Dianne
Such good advice there!
Dear Millie,
Thank u dear Heart for such lovely thoughts. Found u googling the golden raisins and got stuck on your site for the next hour instead of doing breakfast, dishes, laundry, and YOGA! GIRL! You are AWESOME!

With love and respect,
Honey Smith Walls
Melbourne, FL
Millie, you are definitely a keeper, even if I am sometimes a lazy reader. I have been so busy lately but am glad to catch up with your blog.
I read your interview and enjoyed seeing your photo there!
My favourite item in your list is:
Let her know how much you value her friendship
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