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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...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

a delightful, amusing moment

it's the kind of day that has led me to observe, "the only priorities i can govern or direct - are my own." you may draw any conclusion that you might as to what "kind of day" might inspire those words. in the midst of preparations for many different targeted completions - my attention was drawn to an event on the deck. you could say it was a party. you can say - it was "for the birds!"

it's cold. the water is freezing. food is scarce. and yet - these creatures know that anything, when done with friends, is made more enjoyable. it's a lesson i decided to photograph, ponder and SHARE with you. and, i'll be smiling for the rest of the day as i tend my own priorities - and gladden my heart with thoughts of my treasured friends.

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