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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, August 26, 2010

have me stand by my friends in peace then I shall know what it is to be content.

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Stand in peace with my friends. In this time of unrest, standing in peace seems unattainable. I recall the campfire song lyrics, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” This is an attainable goal. Each day it is possible. I know this because I am certain that peace begins within.

In light of the headlines today let me say, rather than burn the symbol of someone else’s beliefs in protest TODAY I will fan the flame of belief in my own heart and live peace outwardly in support of the diversity of our world.

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