FOUR THINGS TO ASK A STRANGER (almost a parody)

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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...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

IS THIS REAL?

Not surprisingly,  I ask myself this question many times in a single day. First, I got in the habit of checking with European news sources to authenticate a U.S.-based narrative. I depended on snopes.com for awhile. Now? I try to validate any piece of information, particularly political information, with three diverse sources before I share it. Or believe it.

I can recall times from my childhood, pivotal times, when I recognized that the adults that I depended upon and revered...lied. Some of my significant early life lessons come through unearthly untruths from home, from church, from school. More of those pivotal moments have occurred for me in the last two years.

Never has it been, in my lifetime, more important to ask this three-word question. About relationships. Opportunities, News. And. Anything that comes out of the mouth of the person who occupies the Oval Office. Is this real?

I am real. I am an author, and artist and a consultant. I live in America by choice and I will advocate for ethical governance as long as I continue to live here. Really.

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