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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...

Sunday, August 1, 2010



Laughter is the element that holds my day together. And, more specifically, it is the very thing that holds ME together, regardless of the circumstances of my day. Here is a list I have compiled of 62 things. Doing any one of them likely results in laughter of some sort. And done one after another is just like an artist building color upon color. Vivid. Pick one. Let me know how it goes.

See a friend. Walk in a garden. Take a deep breath. Try something

new. Go a new way. Find out the name of a tree in your neighborhood.

Plant a tree if there isn’t one. Greet a stranger. Plant seeds. Watch the

weather. Wait. Believe. Make a gift. Post a card. Give a smile. Offer to

help. Appreciate a soldier. Play with a puppy. Stand in the wind. Walk

up a hill. Stretch. Wonder. Imagine. Clean your closet. Use a differ-

ent color pen. Use crayons. Dance. Sing a little song. Do the unex-

pected. Be extraordinary. Say yes to most things. Pretend it’s easy. Say

you’re sorry. Use a new spice. Laugh loudest. Be extraordinary. Try

it. Write something. Be original. Be well. Practice. Hop. Skip. Jump.

Kiss somebody. Be special. Imagine something. Tell a story. Listen.

Inspire. Be inspired. Swell with pride. Brag. Rearrange. Drive some-

where. Walk somewhere. Send a card. Visit a friend. Eat an apple. Be

grateful. Go ahead and weep for this never-to-be-seen-again moment.

Love as deeply as you can.

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