FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

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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...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

WRITE on!!! Opportunities to pursue your writing

Discover the unique voices of phraseologists Caren Albers/Caren4u and Ellen Lambert/Ellen Outloud. Both of these talented and capable writers are offering Radmacher Focus Phrase™ processes February 1st – Feb. 26th for $149.

Caren4u encourages you to “observe, focus, clarify, and invite your inner wisdom to come through your writing. No red pens, no need for perfection, write what your heart tells you about the phrase in your own way.” Get inspired in her February Radmacher Focus Phrase ™ process “Be your own Valentine – Give yourself the gift of Love!” Learn more at carenalbersinspirations.com or email caren4u@comcast.net.

Ellen Outloud asks "Do you have something to say? I believe we all do – something unique to us that we were born to convey. It’s taken me a long time to find my voice – to live out loud – though the voice was always there waiting to be heard. For me, I’m heard best through my writing." Ellen will help you discover significant aspects of your own voice through the writing process found in Radmacher Focus Phrase™. Check out ellenoutloud.com or email her at ellenoutloud@yahoo.com.

If you are looking for a profound, heart-warming February experience, enroll in a Radmacher Focus Phrase™ process with either of these talented women.

PROMISES TO MYSELF - The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself . What matters to you most? Learn what answers await you through the writing process PROMISES TO MYSELF guided by Mary Anne Radmacher is the premier process she is offering for the first trimester of 2010. (PROMISES TO MYSELF, just released through Conari Press) Email her at maryanneradmacher@yahoo.com with questions or interest in participating. - $289 Mary Anne is currently scheduling winter and spring individual guided processes. Write with interest and learn what options and spaces are still available.

Designing an Artful Life - Friday, April 16, 2010 • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Coeur d’Alene Resort • A workshop guided by Mary Anne Radmacher • Register at: http://www.deannadavis.net/womanhood_weekend.html

Great options to begin or continue a commitment to a daily writing practice and self-discovery in 2010. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this message and please feel free to pass this along to others.

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