My favorite is Nothing, just Focusing on my outward breath, necessary daily in the AM and PM. (For how to’s I recommend Pema Chodron and Jon Kabat-Zinn)
I also do a Druid Prayer Bead meditation 3 times a week.
And when my mind is too busy for even that, I put on my Meditation Podcasts on my Ipod and lay down.
That is just what works for me.
If I could come back as an animal I would certainly be crow. They are intelligent, community oriented, beautiful and they can fly. I am certain no one who knows me is surprised at this. Coyotes, dragonflies and Kermode bear are runners up, in that order.
Time is only a perception, so it is on this perception, not page count, I will answer this prompt.
The longest book I ever read was Ulysses by James Joyce. It was a "new" edition and was a required review inclusion for my column, so its heft was emphasized by time constraint. I remember that I started my review with the statement "There are two kinds of people in the literary world, those who will tell you they have read James Joyce "Ulysses" in its entirety with relish, and those who prefer truth to pretension." I appreciated its art, its shock value and Joyce’s talent but truly felt much of the praise given to the tome reeked of "the Emperor’s New Clothes" syndrome, right down to the intricate and intimate level Joyce’s inner neurosis were nakedly dangled in our faces. Someday I may read it again,just to see if my opinion has changed.
The shortest is tough, but recent books that were devoured so quickly I only wished for more deliciousness and therefore had to re-read and savor again and again are James Owen’s "Here There Be Dragons", Claudia Emerson’s "late wife", and most recently a collection called "Bordertown", in particular the final story by Charles de Lint.
The roll of loving faithful husband, my favorite of his rolls and probably the best acting he’s done. (Was that too snarky?)
I love pancakes.
Best pancakes ever are homemade pumpkin pancakes with either my own lime curd or Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter with a nice squirt of freshly whipped cream. YUM!
Curious, Intelligent, Chivalrous, Droll, Spiritual
Curious (Let learning new things and seeing new places be an ultimate turn on)
Intelligent (Innate aptitude is only a part of this, it also means someone who chooses to learn from each experience)
Responsible (Someone who takes responsibility for their personal physical health and hygiene, financial affairs, and the big things like ecology and peace as well)
Chivalrous (marked by honour, generosity and courtesy)
Droll (having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality)
Spiritual (seeker and practicioner of any form of enlightenement secure enough in thier own journey to support my path without them necessarily being the same)
Listed in no particular order as All attributes are equally weighted, and it is more my personal goal to be that person than it is my goal to meet that person but this was a good exercise as I am fleshing out my "Hero" in my current novel-under-construction.
Short. It was very short.