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Dan Waber turned 40 on January 12th, 2006, and wanted to mark the occasion in some positive fashion. So he got this crazy idea (not an unusual event) to write 40 words (no more, no less) every day for a year, and each day he'd write about a different person (in no particular order) who touched his life. But not just anyone, it has to be someone he's actually met in person, someone whose name he still remembers.

Because Dan often thinks up great ideas for things that turn out to be impossible (that darned reality!), the first thing he did was attempt to make a list of 365 people whose names he remembered and who were interesting to him.

The first 50 or so came lickety-split, easy-peasy. The second 50 were not too tough. After that, it got really tough, really fast. When he got to 200 he honestly thought this was going to be impossible. When he got to 300 he was pretty much certain it was impossible and thought he was going to need to relent on the restriction that he had to remember their name.

Then he began writing. 40 words is a tiny lens to look through. How does someone put a mother, an ex-wife, a best friend, or the love of your life into 40 words when that's not even enough for the junior high math teacher, or guy who sold you your morning paper?

Magically, folks are doing it - all over the world . They're creating glimpses of people (some fondly remembered, some not) who've made up their lives, and generously sharing them.

And in doing so, are celebrating their pasts and enriching their present. Really. Try it. Your life will be happier.

If you decide to embark on this or a similar project, please let Dan know, he and everyone else would love to follow along with yours.

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