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Two ears, one mouth. Let that simple math guide you

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” (Robert Baden-Powell) Some years ago I was a teacher of Religious Education at my Church. Every Monday night, for 90 minutes, I … Continue reading

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Preparation is the key to finding agreement

“It’s easy to find reasons for division between people; finding common ground is harder, but a step towards happiness.” (Unknown) I will admit to you that this next principle sometimes gives me fits. It isn’t that I am unclear on … Continue reading

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Taking a lesson from President Lincoln

“A drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.” (Abraham Lincoln) I will admit, I have used this quote before but never really checked what the definition of “gall” was in this context before writing this piece. … Continue reading

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Admitting our errors in matters large and small

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” (Bruce Lee) I am a sports fan. There are quite a lot of American Sports that have held my interest over the years. The highest among them has … Continue reading

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Taking a lesson from a very old “dad joke”

“I’ve only been wrong once in my life, and then it turned out I was mistaken.” (My Dad) Those who have been longtime readers of my blog know that my dad died when I was only six years old from … Continue reading

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Don’t argue!

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still” (Unknown) I mentioned in a recent post that I was once on my High School debate team. For 4 years, I worked hard to hone the skill of … Continue reading

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Follow the Boy Scout slogan, and do a good turn daily

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” (William James) A few years back I worked in a large building, with about 1,500 people in it. All of us worked for the same company. There was … Continue reading

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How my wife traveled the royal road to my heart

“The royal road to a person’s heart is to talk about the things he or she treasures most” (Dale Carnegie) This section of Dale Carnegie’s 30 Human Relations principles is subtitled “Become a friendlier person.” Often when people are working … Continue reading

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Increasing our skills at conversation

“In good conversation parties don’t speak to the words, but to the meanings of each other.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) I truly love getting to know people. I don’t mean just getting to know the outward facts about them, like their … Continue reading

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The sweetest and most important sound in any language.

“How can I spell your name in an arbitrary way that perplexes and infuriates you?” (Paul Gale) Have you ever gone into Starbucks and had them misspell your name on your cup? Last year the concept of baristas at Starbucks … Continue reading

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