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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 27, 2010

Books and Friends...

you are the time worn pages of my favorite book

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I love the phrase, “an understatement of grand magnificence.” I quote Beryl Markham from WEST WITH THE NIGHT OFTEN. And I only have to pull the book off the shelf and it opens to page 217. The binding itself is time worn I’ve turn to it so many times.

So it is with my friendships. My dearest friends are like the familiar pages of my favorite books. Not taken for granted, but treasured, turned to repeatedly and often celebrated. Do you have at least one friend who fits that description? Pause long enough to let them know – maybe even share this with them.

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