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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...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Three days left for early registration benefits...


Mary Anne Radmacher invites you to begin 2011 with a sweet Focus Phrase™ writing process* HONEY IN THE HEART .

Beginning January 3 mary anne will guide you through a gentle, but dramatically impacting process. The overall theme is a native Guatemalan farewell blessing, “Long life, honey in the heart, no evil, thirteen thanks you’s.” Translated in to practical terms it emphasizes: health, promises to yourself, service with compassion and gratitude.

The HONEY IN THE HEART Focus Phrase is 20 days (weekends “off”) of on– line guided and partnered writing, personal, written exchanges with mary anne and your special participant’s gift package*: $229.00 Early registration thanks-giving price! $198.00 Register before November 29 (Thanksgiving week end) for the reduced rate. Early registrants will receive their registration package the week after Thanksgiving. Regular registration packages will be mailed December 27.

This is a great way to begin 2011. The registration gift* will include a personalized copy of mary anne’s newest book, LIVE WITH INTENTION, support cards for the process, local Whidbey Island honey and a favorite pen of mary anne’s. And at least one surprise. Perhaps two. (“you can never tell with bees.” A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh). Early registrants can anticipate many surprises.

If you are new to this guided experience, you can write and ask for more details. If you are a returning participant, reserve your space early…you know how powerful this process can be! Focus Phrase has created marked change in the lives of many of its participants – will you let it work for you in 2011?

Read more about Focus Phrase™ at and learn about the other Phraseologists guiding the Focus Phrase™ process. There’s bound to be a good fit for you.

Contact mary anne to register at:

* HOW does the Focus Phrase™ writing process work?

Mary Anne submits a phrase to you, via email, late in the afternoon and

asks you to let it be one of the last things you think about

before you commit to sleep.

First thing in the morning you renew your memory of the phrase. Write it down in your own hand or on your keyboard.

Make it is easy for it to travel with you throughout the day.

Consider the phrase a pair of glasses through which you look when considering the events, experiences and feelings of your day. Look THROUGH the phrase and allow the words to become transparent perspective through which you view your day.

The process itself heightens your observation and deepens your perspective. You finish the day by summarizing your experience in three short paragraphs and sending them to mary anne, via email.

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