Thursday, September 30, 2010

Browsing other sections

Have you ever read something that was out of your usual realm of choices? What's the most unusual, out of character book you've finished? Did you ever pick up an unusual book, only to put it down when you realized it wasn't for you?

This week's theme is your reading habits.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Skipping ahead

When reading fiction, did you ever jump ahead to the last page, just to satisfy your curiosity about how the story comes out?

This week's theme is your reading habits.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

See Spot run

Can you remember learning to read? What were some of the first all-text books that you read? What are some of the most memorable books from your early years of reading?

This week's theme is your reading habits.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Your reading habits

Reading is more than a way to pass the time: it's a form of escape, it's a way to relax, it's a means for educating oneself. Take a look at your bookshelves. Are most of the books fiction, or non-fiction? Are you looking more to entertain yourself with your reading, or to inform yourself? Has that balance shifted over the years?

This week's theme is your reading habits.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tell us a story: another door

"When one door closes, another opens." This old saying reminds us that a disappointment or missed opportunity often leads, through some unexpected turn of events, to an even better opportunity. Tell us a story about the time this happened for you.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The road ahead

On the road of life, where are you now: on an uphill stretch, a downhill stretch, a hilltop, or a valley?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lonely planet

What's the place you've been to so frequently, and have explored so thoroughly, that you could write a travel guide for it?

This week's theme is places you'd like to be.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A place I'll always remember

What is one inspiring place from your younger years that you would love to visit again if possible — or perhaps create a new version of it in your life today?

This week's theme is places you'd like to be.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fantasy island

What is a perfect place to be with someone you love?

This week's theme is places you'd like to be.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My new home

If you could live absolutely anywhere, unhindered by family or job locale or friends, but at your current economic position (i.e. no castles on Antarctica unless you're already Trump-level wealthy!), where would you live? Why would you choose that place?

This week's theme is places you'd like to be.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Places you'd like to be

This week we'll be talking about places, locations, homes, and vacation spots where you'd like to be.

Where do you live now: a city, a suburb, a small town, a rural area, or someplace else? Are you in the north of your country, the south, the east, or the west? Are you within driving distance of mountains, the beach, farmlands, or a desert? From the perspective of these parameters (and similar ones), is your current home your ideal of where you'd like to live?

This week's theme is places you'd like to be.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tell us a story: Where did you get that?

What is one piece of clothing that you prize because of where it came from? Do you have a T-shirt you won in a contest, or a hat that belonged to your great-grandfather, or a costume that you created yourself for a special event?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The beginning of fall

In the northern hemisphere, the fall season officially starts a few days from now. Fall brings many new things, such as a new school year, a new television season, and many seasonal fruits and vegetables. What element of the fall season is most exciting or most meaningful for you?

Friday, September 17, 2010

The mask you wear

What is one animal whose characteristics you share? Are you sly like a fox? Sharp-eyed, like an eagle? Resourceful, like a raven?

This week's theme is your relationship with animals.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fangs and claws

Has an animal ever hurt you?

This week's theme is your relationship with animals.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Shopping cart

Do you eat animals? Which ones? Do you have rules about which animals are okay to eat, and why? Or do you just not think about it?

This week's theme is your relationship with animals.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lions and tigers and bears!

Many children's stories are about animals. What is one animal story that particularly fascinated, amused, or frightened you as a child?

This week's theme is your relationship with animals.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Man and beast

We often have complicated relationships with many of the creatures sharing the planet with us. This week, we'll look at how you interact with some of them, both tame and wild.

As a child, were you allowed to have pets? Did your parents' relationship to animals affect your current relationship to animals, and did it affect your decision on whether to have pets or not?

This week's theme is your relationship with animals.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tell us a story: Cue the laugh track

What's the most straight-out-of-a-sitcom thing to have ever happened to you?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Reading hour

What's one book that you were sorry to reach the end of; one that you wish had gone on for twice as many pages?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Best time of day

Typically, what time of day finds you at your peak of energy? When are you most likely to notice your energy flagging?

This week's theme is energy.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Getting a boost

How much do you rely on coffee, sweets, cigarettes, or other stimulants to keep your energy from drooping? Do you use information -- news, gossip, TV, e-mail -- as a stimulant? Would you be able to function if your sources of stimulation were taken away?

This week's theme is energy.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


What are some things that you do to energize yourself, charge your batteries, and reawaken your enthusiasm?

This week's theme is energy.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Running low on energy

How often do you find that you are running low on energy and enthusiasm? Do you regularly have difficulty mustering the energy to do the things that you have decided to do?

This week's theme is energy.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Energy level

In general, how energetic a person are you? How would other people describe your level of energy?

This week's theme is energy.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tell us a story: I should have stayed in bed

What was one day you can remember when everything went wrong?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Specialty of the house

What's the best dish you can cook? What's the most memorable time you cooked and served it?

Friday, September 3, 2010


Who was the most important person in shaping your life? Was it one specific thing that they did for you? Or were they a long-term influence over some period of time?

This week's theme is important things.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Life's work

What is your most important life's work? What is it that, at the end of your life, you want to have gotten accomplished?

This week's theme is important things.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

With friends like these

What's important to you in your friendships? Do you have any "deal breaker" behavior that would cause you to reevaluate a friendship?

This week's theme is important things.