FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

Welcome to Mary Anne Radmacher's blog.

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...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

miracle or masterpiece?

when love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.

-john ruskin – a phrase from ellen lambert, new phraseologist...

WHEN LOVE AND SKILL WORK TOGETHER EXPECT A MIRACLE

yes. i know john ruskin said masterpiece. was it ellen or caren teasing me about people changing one word of a quote that did it? i don’t know. i drew the card. i wrote the phrase down, verbatim, twice and repeated it to myself as I fell into a migraine accompanied sleep.

miracles occurred in my sleep. along the waterline on the beach, in my running clothes with a sweat band on. i launched a huge, unconventional product line. i started my own company. from my small voice – i made a song that reverberated – with vibrato! – around the world. a collage of possibilities – miracles – unfolded in my dreaming window.

i wakened with a slightly different phrase, miracles occur when love and skill combine. as I reflected on my night time dreams i realized it was not a window into the may be of potential but the has been of realized action. is it true? is it possible? in the road with all the difficulty, challenges, broken hearted times and dropped off the shelf disappointments - my life to this point has been a miracle? is a miracle? a glance over my shoulder sees love pairing up with skill at almost every turn. Ruskin didn’t say “love and…” education, or certification or awards. he said skill. and note, radmacher didn’t say, “masterpiece,” she said,

“miracle.”

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