FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

Welcome to Mary Anne Radmacher's blog.

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...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO

That's the title of my book released exclusively through SimpleTruths.com in February of this year. I've just learned that the title has been in their top ten titles for three months in a row.

Today they are offering my book at a 25% discount. Since it's an ideal book for graduation and for retirement - I thought I'd let you know. I hope you'll enjoy a copy for yourself, as well.

Here's one of my favorite pieces from the book,

"Challenges mold me, they do not make me. Praise encourages me, my own intentions inspire me. Successes spur me on but it is the reward of perseverance that satisfies me. Lack may assail me yet understanding "enough" assuages my hunger. Criticism may knock but I choose whether to open the door. Abundance showers me and generosity lights the path. Pain may permeate but hope prevails. As long as I'm breathing, I'm living, all the way, my way, beginning fresh each day. I may have a stare-down with dawn, but I hear the Great Voice say, "Life begins when you do." mary anne radmacher

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