Browsing All posts tagged under »communication«

Why We Sometimes Shouldn’t Write

March 2, 2013


I have a long history of offending people with my writing. I’ve often wondered about this, because I don’t necessarily have a long history of offending people in person. Still, I’m not terribly articulate in person, so I find myself preferring to interact in some situations through writing — a way of ensuring that my halting […]

The ABCs of Turning Friends Into Enemies

August 23, 2012


This week Rep. Todd Akin very publicly put his foot in his mouth. Last month Pres. Obama very publicly put his foot in his mouth. On a fairly regular cycle in politics, someone with a visible platform is speaking sans the self-editing function and a brouhaha broils for a bit. For those who follow politics, […]

Open Your Mouth

May 12, 2012


Cross-posted at wheat & tares. A few days ago a friend sent me a long and specific email detailing how I had messed up. I value his opinion, so I read carefully. I had to agree with many of the points that he made. I had messed up. I began considering ways to make it […]

Across the Kitchen Table

May 25, 2011


I finally got the tomatoes transplanted from the solo cups today, Dad. They were almost two feet tall and rootbound a bit; I could just see you shaking your head. I’ll miss the smell of their leaves when I open the windows now, but they’re already flowering and need to be in the ground. I […]

You Had to Be There

April 23, 2011


I laid on the floor of her bedroom and played with my granddaughter today when I was supposed to be putting her down for her nap. Her smile was transforming, her laugh made me feel like the world was right, and her eyes when they would search me out to grin assured me that we […]

So What?

April 10, 2011


I love a lot of things, but few things more than teaching. There is something transcendent about personal discovery that you carefully fashion so that someone else can also experience that exhilaration, that suddenly widening view. So I would more accurately say that I love it when that happens. Unfortunately, more times than not, that […]

The Word’s Advice

July 24, 2010


Child 2 came to me today, sat down in the rocking chair behind my desk, and said, “I need your advice.” Manna to a mother’s soul, but something that has happened more and more as the years have marched on and I quit shoving my advice down their throats unrequested. I like that. (I bet […]


June 1, 2010


As seems inevitably to happen when I’ve been feeling magnanimous, and chosen to place it on paper or in cyberspace, it is quickly followed by an episode of snarky. Humility training, I suppose. My subconscious reminding me that, Mother Teresa, I am not. Snarky used to be a way of life for me, to a […]