Category: Communication

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Why Doesn’t “Phonetic” Start With an “F”?

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Why Doesn’t “Phonetic” Start With an “F”?

Have you ever noticed how many ways we can say something using the English language? There is a plethora, an abundance, a wealth, a cornucopia, or as some might say, “Too damn many.” With all these options, our language gets quite complicated. The other day, I was filling out a crossword puzzle and one of […]

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Planning for the Inevitable

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Planning for the Inevitable

A friend of mine recently said that it seems like more people die in January. I don’t know if January leads the calendar in deaths but since it’s often noted that nothing in life is guaranteed but death and taxes, I would expect April to hold that honor. At sixty one years of age, I’ve […]

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Happy New Year…uh…Day

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Happy New Year…uh…Day

It’s that time of year again. Even if you haven’t put away the decorations, I suspect you have spent the past few weeks putting away enough food and drink for the both of us. And I’m right there with you. Now, it’s time to get back to work, back to school, and back to the […]

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A Short List of Annoying People

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A Short List of Annoying People

After several months of doing more traveling than I did in the past two years, I’ve made an important discovery. It turns out that I am more annoyed by other people than I was pre-COVID. Perhaps being cooped up at home with only one other person caused me to be less patient of everyone else. […]

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Which Joneses Should We Keep Up With?

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Which Joneses Should We Keep Up With?

One of the things that really gets under my skin is when someone “shoulds” on me. You know what I mean, right? It’s when you’re talking with someone and they say, “Oh, you should do this,” or “You should do that.” We’re all guilty of “shoulding” on others but there are two obvious problems that […]

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Just a Bit of Courtesy Please…And Thank You

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Just a Bit of Courtesy Please…And Thank You

  I don’t get no respect. —Rodney Dangerfield   Back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, I was experiencing volunteer-itis, a condition known as the swelling of volunteer activities. I served on four church committees, was an active member of a Rotary Club, and was heavily involved in a national association. I was a […]

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What Can I Say?

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What Can I Say?

When I was a kid, one of my friends had just learned to use a lawn mower and was mowing his yard for the first time. I sat across the street and watched as he mowed a strip of yard, retraced his steps on that same strip, and then moved over to mow the next […]

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