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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holidaze Focus Phrase©

holidaze focus phrase with mary anne radmacher©

What is Focus Phrase with mary anne radmacher©?

Daily you take a specific phrase into your day, ponder it, look at the events of your day through it. After focusing and reflecting, you write a maximum of three paragraphs. Your work is considered daily. mary anne responds to your writing approximately eight times in the course of the process. The primary emphasis in this experience is taking the phrase into your day's activities and then writing your observations. The writing is an essential but supportive part. The observations lean toward content, not style. Meaning this is a way of seeing the events of your life in a different perspective more than it is a writing exercise. This is an exciting process for people who want to be more intentional about their days, explore new ways to learn from the ordinary experiences of their lives and introduce a consistent writing practice.


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