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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, November 29, 2010


I'm two days away from a month of word collecting.


I'm collecting words reflecting celebration and gratitude to include in my next book. The working title is CELEBRATIONS: Discoverying the YAY in EverYdAY.

What are the things in your ordinary "everyday" that make you give a little yelp of YAY? Will you share those words with me? Will you be a word collector, too? I'd love some company on my month long journey of word collecting.

Apparently unable to wait for December, my word today was HEART. As Jonathan and I discuss in our book SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE, we often see what we EXPECT to see. Look what I noticed on the way to my studio....

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