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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...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


In all things and in all ways may there be wings behind you (angels ever by you). taken from poster 27051

I wrote this for my friend, Connie. Our mutual friend, Susan, was dying of cancer and her last gift to us both was to introduce us to each other. She was acting like an angel in that gift of introduction. Unbeknownst to me…Connie’s path and my words had crossed many times. This blessing I wrote for her has turned out to be a blessing to me, repeatedly.

Today I need the visual of angels wrapping their wings around me. Ah! I may not be able to see them but there’s comfort and certainty in knowing they are there.

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