I’m so excited!!!

I have had the extreme honor of being interviewed for The Authors Show – an internet radio program. My 15-minute interview, promoting my award winning book, is being broadcast on MONDAY (January 25th) repeatedly throughout the day. I hope you are able to listen!

Here is the link: www.theauthorsshow.com  then click on the underlined book title link to LINKED LIVES to hear the interview. The interview plays on from Midnight to 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Zone for a period of 23 hours.

If you haven’t read the book,here’s the link:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0966134214
A story of best friends

Linked Lives by Bonny Brookes epitomizes true friendship

Best Friends Make Life Better!

Having a best friend makes life more enjoyable. Last week we touched on the 5 top health benefits of having a best friend. But what if you don’t have a best friend outside of your family?

First of all, that’s not all that uncommon. Did you know 1 out of 4 people don’t have a best friend – a confidant to share their hopes, dreams, fears and sorrows with?  And that number, according to a study published in the American Sociological Review, is growing. Surprisingly, despite emails, tweets and texting; it’s face-to-face contact that is most important. If you don’t have a best friend, there’s still hope (there’s always hope!). Here are 8 ways to find a friend:

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Linked Lives = Friendships

  1. Chat with people while you are out getting some sunshine and fresh air. Take the kids or pets for a walk, go to a park, etc. Everyone has a story. Be curious about others. People love to talk about themselves and you just may meet someone you have a lot in common with!
  2. Get in shape, join a gym or the local YMCA or take an aerobics class and get to know the other people there. You already have one thing in common…
  3. Make a break. Start a weekly or monthly lunch or coffee group with some people you are acquainted with, but don’t really know. You may be surprised!
  4. Go have some FUN! Don’t be so quick to turn down invitations. Sure, you’re tired or you don’t feel like doing things; but do it anyway. Your energy level will rise and you just may have fun.
  5. Do you know what your talents are? Did you have childhood dreams about singing onstage, or sewing beautiful clothes, or taking photographs, or whatever. Have you ever told yourself ‘someday, I want to do…’; well, there’s no time like the present. Carve time out, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week, to devote to doing something you love. Volunteer at hospital, church, animal shelter, museum, women’s shelter, senior center…offering them your special talents. By doing so you could meet some fascinating people.
  6. Have you ever thought I don’t make a difference? Well, you do. And one way to do that is to become involved with something you’re passionate about, whether it’s community events or politics or your kid’s schools. Join committees, be heard, make a difference.
  7. Let your spirit soar. Another great way to meet like-minded people is at a place of worship by not only attending regularly, but by getting involved on committees, in the choir, or even acting in church productions!
  8. Finally, another great way to meet kindred spirits is socializing. Check out www.meetups.com for groups in your community. There’s a wide variety to choose from…so be choosy, only join those that really perk your interest.

Have fun meeting and making new friends!!

 

Want to feel good? Call your best friend…today.

I ran across an interesting article yesterday evening. It was written awhile ago by an Australia woman who cared for people who were dying. Bronnie Ware wrote in her article, Top Five Regrets of the Dying, that when she asked her patients (who were sent home to die) about their regrets, one of the most common was:

“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.” Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and then it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendship the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendship slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order, if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.”

Most of us send cute emails to our ‘friend’ list, but for those special friends, how often do we send a personal email, or even better, call them and hear their voice? I’ve always made a point of staying in touch with my friends by calling at least every few months. I don’t always reach them, but at least they know I’m thinking about them.

Sadly, my best friend passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, just over a year ago. My book, Linked Lives, is a tribute to her life and our 40-year friendship. I wrote it originally for her children, but others who have read it, say they are reminded how precious their best friends are and call them after reading the book.

So, today, take 5 or 10 minutes out of your hectic day to pick up the phone and call your best friend. It’ll make both of you feel good.

Sharing good times with best friend

Sharing good times with best friend