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, August 10, 2010

Keys And Doors

a key to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change. (from maryanneradmacher.com #01026)

The President of Portland State University stood in my studio. We had been discussing my unique educational path as she shopped in my little studio for greeting cards and posters.

She was frustrated at not finding a sentiment that expressed how essential education is throughout a life. So as she chatted my pen was moving over paper. I wrote sentences exploring my own view toward learning and how I kept my enthusiasm alive for new ideas . When she brought her pile of cards to the drawing board, which was also my sales counter in those days, I was able to present her with a card I’d just made…

A KEY to a vital life is an eagerness to learn and a willingness to change. What are YOUR KEYS to a vital life? And what doors are they opening today?

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