Saturday, March 31, 2012


Where do you go when you need inspiration, fresh ideas, and renewed energy?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Points of you

Even with all of the people you know, not one of them has a complete picture of you and knows your whole story. If someone had to learn about you without actually meeting you, how many different people would they need to talk to to get a reasonably complete and well-rounded idea of who you are?

This week's theme is cast of characters.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Opposite poles

In the continuing drama of your daily life, what is the largest conflict that you're not directly involved in? And which two people best represent the two opposing sides in that main conflict?

This week's theme is cast of characters.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Empty chairs

Thinking of the overall cast of characters who play a role in your life, what qualities and attributes are weak or missing across that set of people? What are some roles in your life that have gone unfilled?

This week's theme is cast of characters.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Who are your social connectors — the people who, directly or indirectly, have introduced you to the largest number of your friends?

This week's theme is cast of characters.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cast of characters

All the world's a stage, and your life is an ongoing drama. Thinking of your large cast of characters, which of them set into motion most of the dramatic events in your daily life?

This week's theme is cast of characters.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tell us a story: a hard nut to crack

What was one puzzle or problem that looked like a simple one to solve, but turned out to be much more difficult and complicated once you got started on it?

Saturday, March 24, 2012


This week, spring arrived in the northern hemisphere. What is one thing you look forward to doing every spring?

Friday, March 23, 2012

It's a drag

If you had to pick just one thing, what is the main thing that slows you down?

This week's theme is fast and slow.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Glaciers move forward slowly, but with unstoppable force. What things in your life are making glacier-style progress, slowly and steadily improving?

This week's theme is fast and slow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Always in a hurry

What things in your life are almost always rushed? What are the things that you have to do at an uncomfortably fast pace?

When you have a chance to slow things down a little, what difference do you see? What benefits do you get from a slightly slower pace?

This week's theme is fast and slow.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Making quick work of it

There are different ways of being fast. It takes different skills to read quickly, play guitar solos, run foot races, mow the lawn quickly, react quickly to an emergency, and organize a big pile of papers quickly. What kind of fast work is your specialty? What kinds of things can you do faster than most people?

This week's theme is fast and slow.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Fast and slow

In music, you can ruin the beauty of a piece just by playing it too slow or too fast. The same principle applies in ordinary life: our day suffers when we try to move ahead at the wrong tempo. How does the pace of your life feel right now: is it about right, too fast, or too slow?

This week's theme is fast and slow.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tell us a story: on the early side

When did you make a mistake about the starting time of an event and arrive far too early?

Or when did you overdo it in showing up early to beat the crowd, when it turned out there really was no crowd to beat?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Free as a bird

If you were given total freedom, would you trust yourself to behave responsibly?

Friday, March 16, 2012


Do you sometimes nap during the day, when circumstances allow?

This week's theme is sleep.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sleep habits

How consistent is your sleep schedule? Do you go to bed and get up at regular times every day, or does your sleep vary?

How much later do you sleep on days when you don't have work or other commitments to push you out of bed?

This week's theme is sleep.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Waking up

Do you wake up naturally, or do you rely on an alarm clock to wake you? If you use an alarm clock, on what fraction of your mornings do you wake up anyway, before the clock sounds?

This week's theme is sleep.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


What are the times and places where you tend to feel sleepy or even risk falling asleep, even though you need to stay awake?

This week's theme is sleep.

Monday, March 12, 2012


What are the things that make you lose sleep?

This week's theme is sleep.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tell us a story: lights in the sky

Fireworks, auroras, and lightning are just a few examples of things that sometimes brighten the night. Where were you when you saw a beautiful, memorable, or dramatic display of lights in the sky?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

All talk

What is one thing you've talked about doing for years, but still haven't gotten started on?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Onstage and backstage

In your public face, the self you present to the world, what important parts of your identity get left out? What are some things about you that might come as surprises for people who get to know you better?

This week's theme is the public realm.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Inside and outside

Does the inside of your home match what people would expect from looking at the outside? What might surprise someone who stepped into your home for the first time?

This week's theme is the public realm.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Moment of fame

When were you in the newspaper, on the radio, visible on TV, or up on stage? What was your moment in the public eye?

This week's theme is the public realm.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Speaking in public

Some people enjoy speaking to large groups of people, and some people list it among their worst fears. What about you? What is the largest group that you've stood in front of and spoken to? And is it something you look forward to, or something you try to avoid?

This week's theme is the public realm.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The public realm

How much of your life is public and how much is private? Do you draw a clear line between your public and private life?

What are some things you do, or did in the past, that put you in an official role representing a business or organization?

This week's theme is the public realm.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tell us a story: too funny

What was one time when you laughed uncontrollably? Who were you with? Was it a very funny joke that set you off, or was it the unexplainable absurdity of that particular moment?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Much to my surprise

Urban legends, misunderstandings, tall tales, advertisements, and deliberate deceptions — there are many different kinds of untrue statements. What is something that people told you many times and that you believed for years, until you finally found out that it wasn't true at all?

Friday, March 2, 2012

An extra day

Leap Day is an "extra" day added to the end of February. Did you do anything special with your extra day — or did it somehow fill up before you got your hands on it?

If you had a truly extra day, free to use however you chose, what's something you might do with it?

This week's theme is Leap Day.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Next Leap Day

The next Leap Day comes on February 29, 2016. Where do you expect to be four years from now? What changes are likely to come about in your life and in the world in the next four years?

This week's theme is Leap Day.