A group of friends decided to catch up over a coffee and lunch meal. We met in the mall and quickly decided to go to the coffee shop next door. Smiles all over our faces as we hadn't seen each other in months and enjoyed the comradarie. We sat down and ordered our morning teas, … Continue reading The Christmas Gift
When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy … Continue reading 10 Ways To Have A Better Conversation
Speaking to a former work colleague today and straight away she asks me how I am. I respond with niceties and then she downloads on me. She explains that she went home and arrived during her house was being robbed. She entered her son's room and her eyes met a smart looking man with a … Continue reading There’s A Robber In My House!
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can … Continue reading To Live For My Resume or Eulogy?
There I found myself waiting in line at McDonalds for my order to be served. It's only a $10 meal. They're not gonna be serving the King. Waiting next to me was a Singaporean woman. An older man in his seventies stormed up speaking to the manager. His frantic hands and busy mouth shouted "I … Continue reading A New Singaporean Proverb
We've all been in a conversation that gets turned into a deep and meaningful when it doesn't need to be anything but small light banter. Your energy wanes and drops as a conversation about weather turns into climate change. You try a different tact. Talk about shopping, it doesn't work as it leads into chat … Continue reading Get Me Out Of This Conversation!
Methamphetamine aka P, crystal meth, ice, tina. A conversation I had was with a mother of a toddler who on occasion would highlight that she was a solo mother. I wanted to avoid the stereotype that she presented me but I fell in the trap and put her in a box. The woman is the … Continue reading Victim or Victor? The responsibility and its cost of knowing a P addict.