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...

Friday, August 6, 2010

BE AVID. LAUGH UNTIL YOU CRY.

BE AVID. LAUGH UNTIL YOU CRY. (taken from poster 01039 at maryanneradmacher.com)

I could have added…and “wet your pants,” but I’d already written that on a card and, well, it seemed less that poetic. Still. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the kind of laughter that feels like therapy. The sort that, when you are finally calmed, and if you accidentally glance at the friend you are laughing with it starts up – all over again. It’s better than pie. Yes, better than chocolate. It’s better than anything consumable because it not only nourishes the soul but it’s good for you body, as well.

As to the word AVID? I love that word. It embraces so many qualities I admire in my day. To be avid is to all at once be eager, enthusiastic, ardent, passionate, devoted. When I’ve been told, “You’re so intense.” I smile. And I think to myself, “They say that like it’s a bad thing.” And then I edit their comment to AVID. I embrace it: I’m so avid!

How will you live AVIDLY today? Ah – have some avid laughter!

mary anne radmacher

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