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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...

Saturday, October 16, 2010


This is an excellent resource for youth who feel as if they are out of alternatives.

Ellen DeGeneres' has answered the question, "What can we do to be supportive?" by directing people to this website. It is positive, helpful, informative. And, if you know a young person who feels conflicted or confused about their personhood/sexuality...this is a confidential resource to help.

TheTrevorProject.Org and resources that I am recommending are great recommendations to make in the event that you, on your own, "don't know what to say."

On that note, I have a suggestion for a sentence that works exceptionally well, particularly when you mean it from your heart,

"I love and accept you just as you are."

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