Category Archives: communication

Photo 101, Day 7: Nothing bigger than freedom of speech

We were told to “go big” today in Photo 101, and I can’t think of anything bigger than the First Amendment to our Constitution — and especially in light of what is happening to people in other parts of the world … Continue reading

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When ‘The Boy With No Story’ has a tale to tell

Sometimes I fear I have no story. I don’t mean writer’s block. I mean that I have no story, no narrative that spells out what it is I’ve done, or what I’m doing, with my life. This struck me the other … Continue reading

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Is Christmas ‘a sad season’? John Cheever had the answer

Every December I re-read John Cheever’s short story, “Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor.” And every year I share a link to it on Facebook. I don’t think many people bother to read it — even when I preface it by … Continue reading

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Photo project helps refugees know ‘their voice matters’

Thanks to a research project conducted by a public health graduate student, eight refugees living in Syracuse, NY, will show off their photography skills at an exhibition next month. But Rozlynn Jakes-Johnson’s project is about much more than photography. Rozlynn … Continue reading

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Refuse to accept ‘No’ from corporate giants — it can work

Happy endings are hard to come by in dealing with big business, but here’s one to share. It didn’t come easily, but it was worth it — to the tune of hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars. I had been fully … Continue reading

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It’s easy to bitch about the Post Office, but . . .

This is not a rant about the U.S. Postal Service — even though a “Priority Mail” birthday package I sent last month is in limbo somewhere on the West Coast. True, my son’s birthday box of presents (and cash) hasn’t arrived … Continue reading

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When ‘thoughts and prayers’ don’t seem to be enough

It took three tries, but I finally came up with some words of sympathy for a family that lost a wife and mother to cancer at age 54. I hadn’t seen any of the family for a few years, as … Continue reading

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At what age are we ‘senior citizens’? Time will tell

When I was 49, the constant letters from AARP were bad enough. Eight years later, it’s Time magazine’s turn to take a cheap shot. Time’s special offer arrived in the mail the other day, a discount subscription “for senior citizen … Continue reading

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Intent vs. Outcome: ‘What I really meant was …’

A simple and clever sign my girlfriend and I saw on Cape Cod over the weekend made us smile. And it capped a recent rash of lessons about language, and how the words we choose can be crucial. In a driveway … Continue reading

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Enjoying the peace and quiet … of peace and quiet

Even before a timely visit from a butterfly, I’d been thinking a lot about peace and quiet. My girlfriend is reading Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet,” which champions “The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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