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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, January 28, 2011

A Great Way To Spend/Invest Three Minutes

Mac Anderson, founder of put together this inspiring three minute movie and let's my words hang out with some pretty impressive "others." It's a worthy investment of three minutes of your's a free movie called FINDING JOY, based on the book of the same name.

Friday, January 21, 2011


May Your Walls Know Joy

May Your Walls Know Joy

Monday, January 17, 2011

- Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

- Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Dr. King Was All About Action Backing Up Attitude

I'm taking this challenge from the educators at

After studying about Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he believed in, students need the chance to apply those lessons. Students count the days between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Valentine’s Day and are challenged to complete 100 acts of kindness during that time. They brainstorm examples of kind acts they could do and discuss how to report acts of kindness they witness. They also select a service project to plan and complete together as a class. For the project’s duration, acts of kindness are tracked on a classroom chart. Students are encouraged to acknowledge kind acts by others through thank you notes, and families are encouraged to help report acts of kindness. The project culminates with a Valentine’s Day celebration.

Though the lesson describes activities that take place between Dr. King's birthday and Valentine's Day it can be adapted to take place any time of year.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


More on this to come in the days ahead.

WORDS matter.

Choose your words well: they are the materials of which you build you life. - mar -

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wrapping Myself In What I Love To Do

I am blessed to pursue a career that is based on my passion in life and what I am called to do and be. Blessed!

I'm preparing to leave for a week end of teaching and learning at East West Bookshop in Seattle, WA. (6500 Roosevelt Way, N.E. to be specific!). If you read this and know a friend near there, please share!

I light up like a lighthouse on a blustery night when I get to teach. Since I love learning, I know I am going to come home with at least an equal amount of what I have left with...and most often, even more. Many people "save up" the thing they love to do for their "days off" or their week ends. What would every day look like for you if you managed to wrap in what you love to do in the course of all the things you are committed to doing every day?