the interesting idea... the start of this project... the conversations to come

I'm a member of Post Crossing, the internet site for postcard exchange. I sent a card to another Post Crosser, Ilona from Germany. She asked that people tell her which magical power they would like to have. Her question really made me think!

In turn, I thought it would be an interesting project to ask people to pose Thought-Provoking Questions. I would do my best to answer with my opinion, and I would encourage others to add theirs.

And, so was born this blog! I hope that it will be the home for many interesting conversations in the year ahead!

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Well, I believe this is a first in nearly a year of posts: ANSWERS instead of questions!

First, the answer to the question about what people on the postcard had in common. I guessed that they were all left-handed, and it turns out that I was correct. Good guess, for guess it was!

Second, who could have expected this? In the post on the day after the "chicken and egg" question was posted, I received the answer on another postcard! The answer is "chicken" because it appears first in the dictionary!

Answers.... an unexpected treat!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Two riddles!

On the card with the cave: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

On the card with the names: These people have something in common. What is it?

As far as riddle number one is concerned, I have no idea which came first, but I do know which came next: the chef with the saute pan!

As far as riddle number two is concerned, I suggest that they are all left handed. We shall see when the Post Crosser who sent the card supplies the answer!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Seven in one blow!

Today, seven postcards containing thought provoking questions appeared in the mailbox! WOW! Suddenly, everyone is asking!

It would take a week just to post each of these, and who knows what will arrive tomorrow?

So, pick a question, any question, for discussion and answering!

The monkey and cat from Borneo wonder: what is your favorite memory from a vacation?

The statue from the Ozark Mountains (on a card sent from Utah) asks: what does it mean to be a good person in the modern world?

The wayfaring sparrow reads other people's diaries and wonders: whose journal would you like to read?

The slogans from Finland are on a card that asks: Is there a way to make the world fair?

The "art appreciator" from Finland wonders: What would you do if you won the lottery? Would money make you happy?

From Germany comes the question: What do ou think about Germans?

And last, on a crazy patchwork of signs and advertising from Hong Kong is this multiple choice question: Family, friends, career, love: what's your priority?

Break up into small groups, discuss, and report back.


Suddenly everyone is speculatin'
From Nashville: If you came to Nashville, what country music star would you be?
From Finland: If you were a song, what song would you be?
From the Netherlands: If you were a color, what color would you be today?
Can I be Donovan, singing Mellow Yellow, and answer all three questions at once?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sister sensation

First, admire this lovely handmade card:
Next, contemplate the question:
How would you feel if you had a twin sister?
I don't have a sister at all, so that would have to be my first leap of imagination. Then, to get to the idea of a twin... well, I'm not sure my imagination stretches that far!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We just don't measure up!

The elephants on this card (and the writer who sent it) wonder

Why does the USA not convert to the metric system?

We were supposed to... some time ago! Whatever became of that initiative? I remember studying the metric system, but it was more like a curiousity than something that would have an impact on my actual life.

The only everyday item that seems to have been affected is the "2-liter bottle" of soda.

What DID become of the drive to convert to metric?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dreaming a little dream....

Did you ever dream you were dreaming? And then dreamed you woke up? And then realized you were still dreaming? And wondered if you're dreaming still?
One Post Crosser asks, "Am I really writing this card or do I just think I am writing this card or do I think I think I am writing this card?"
While another wonders, "Have you ever wondered if your dreams are, in fact, when you are really awake and what you see around you now is a dream?"
Post Crossers discover dream theory and recursive imagery, all in the same day. My head hurts again.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I'll bet the man on this card has seen some changes in his days. The question here is

If you could turn back time to change something, what would it be?

Change the way we treat each other? To one of more respect and compassion... that would probably require rewiring human DNA!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Trying to do me in?

No fewer than three postcards carried, essentially, the same message:

If your doctor only gave you 1 day... 1 month... to live.... what would you do?

One of them actually asked what food would you have to give up if your doctor asked you to sacrifice your favorite food. What's the point of living more than a day if you couldn't ever have your favorite food again?

Gosh, you guys are really trying to cut me down in the prime of my life (or make me wish I had been mowed down)!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Another difficult choice

Vytantie wants to know

What is more important to you - your legs or your arms?

I think, for me, my arms because they are connected to my hands and I use my hands to make my living and to make my art.