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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...

Monday, August 23, 2010


apparently the angels were quite busy so God sent my friend along.

(poster 27022 & 01126 at

“You’re an ANGEL!” It’s often declared about a friend who has done the unexpected, the much needed, the delightfully fun action. Friends often fill the “angel” category in my life experience.

How long has it been since YOU have been the angel to a friend? Something as simple as a meaningful note letting them know you are grateful for them might be a grace.

This vintage letter slot represents the threshold through which much of the goodness of my life passes. While Email is fantastic! - consider how long it’s been since you sent a HAND WRITTEN card/poster and put a stamp on it with a physical address. Is today the day?

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