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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, October 12, 2010


My friend and clerk at my post office said, "Bullycide's been going on too long - but what can we do about it?"

Today's resource provides dozens of answers to that question. This government presented resource provides guidance for adults, kids and educators. Here you will find videos, material to download and suggestions for curriculum. There's even information on how you can start your own campaign to STAND against bullying.

ONE person CAN make a difference. That one person is you...start a meaningful conversation in your community today about what you can do to create alternatives to bullying.

I will keep my head shaved until Thanksgiving and provide resources for you every day. STAND - Start Today A New Direction.

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