Category Archives: Listening

It’s the Morning After: What Have We Done?

Yesterday American voters had the chance to elect or re-elect their public representatives and to voice their opinions about ballot issues. Yesterday, the American

What have we done? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Two seagulls on the beach, walking away from each other

Listening can be hard and making assumptions about what another has said can lead to a fracture in a relationship.

people spoke their truth. Now it’s time for those elected to honor their promises to us. I’m not sure we know what those promises really are. I’m not sure that we really heard what all the candidates have said over the long campaign season. Worse, I’m not sure that those we have elected have heard what we really meant. Continue reading

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You Talkin’ to Me?

“We the People”  love the First Amendment, and during this political season, we especially enjoy the right of assembly and the right of free speech the

First Amendment, You Talkin' to Me? Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, carved, lighted pumpkin on brick pillar with copious seeds and stringy pulp

Some people mistakenly believe spewing a viewpoint is the same as engaging in true conversation.

amendment affords. These two rights sometimes merge on the Internet, and no where more easily than on Facebook. Some people spend so much time there bashing any ideas, candidates and party not aligned with their own views, they have no time to listen to the views of anyone else.

Of course, these people are not interested in listening. They are not intent on establishing a connection with me. That’s the truth that bears further consideration. Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

I was married to a musician for more than a dozen years. Before we met, he had very nearly become engaged to another woman. She was a string player and I had the

The Sound of Silence, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, Three conifers at the edge of the Grand Canyon

We must look beyond what is right in front of us so we see the entire picture.

pleasure of meeting her about six years into our marriage. The music man would from time to time tell me that had they married, they’ve have divorced by now. I’d ask him what he meant, but he’d never explain further.  He’d stay silent, unwilling to share what was in his heart with his life partner. Continue reading

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