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Real Diversity

Thought for the Week “Modern writers have suggested,” G.K. Chesterton argues (and it’s hard to believe he wrote this almost 120 years ago), that because of its lack of diversity, “the family is a bad institution.” And yet ironically, he … Continue reading

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When I Became a ‘Real’ Teacher

Originally posted on A Teacher's Reflections:
 ‘TheHundred Little Things’ The hundred little things- that’s what it’s all about, in teaching and in life.  It took me many years as a teacher to figure this out.  Thank goodness I had…

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The Therapeutic Value of a Smile

Originally posted on A Story Worth Telling:
“You don’t realize how much you miss human interaction until it is removed from your life.”? —Alessandra Torre, American novelist. – – – – – – – – – – – – –…

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Be Swift to Listen

“Let everyone be swift to listen, and slow to speak…” ~James 1:19 “For those who restrain their lips are wise.” ~Proverbs 10:19 ∴

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My Experiment in Becoming Human

Processing My Thoughts Aloud In My Head In a post entitled Do You Live in Your Head? I wrote about my goal of talking less and listening more, of focusing on others. Still, goals aren’t touchdowns, they’re just big “H”s … Continue reading

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Do You Live in Your Head?

I’m a monologist. By which I mean I’m a dedicated one-way communicator. Writing and lecturing come naturally to me. But conversation? Well… Did I mention I’m a monologist? An old girlfriend once stared at me in disbelief and said, “You … Continue reading

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Hope is More Virulent than Fear

It was our last “normal” day together. Sunday (after online church, hmm), we ate at a favorite local restaurant (remember those?), and watched a movie at a local theater (remember those?). It was The Invisible Man, an excellent film about … Continue reading

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Knock, Knock…

…Who’s There? A little owl lived in an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard Why can’t we be like that wise little bird? ~Mid-19th Century (Author Unknown) “Therefore, beloved, … Continue reading

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                   “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”   ~Ernest Hemingway “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” ~David W. … Continue reading

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Happy Boss’s Day (Maybe)

 It’s Boss’s Day!* Yay!  Maybe. To borrow an old bit: “I quit because of religious differences.” “Oh, yeah?” “Yeah, my boss thought he was God. And I disagreed.” Good leaders know how to find the delicate balance between leading and listening. If your boss … Continue reading

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