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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, August 24, 2010


I shall wear your friendship on my head - it will keep the rain from me. (poster 01127 at

Throughout my life my friends have shielded me from the harshest elements of life’s storms. They have “kept the rain from me,” like a metaphysical umbrella. The wall in this photo is above my writing desk. The antique printer’s drawer and the other cubby hold icons, treasures and reminders of so many of the precious friendships that bring joy, ease and delight to my life.

One quick glance at a single object tells me a profound story of that particular person. How blessed I am to name such fine souls, “my friends.” How might you remember your friends today?

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