Smartphones Sabotage Face-to-Face Conversation

Forgive me for being in the dark ages. Me and my flip phone were doing just fine. It fit discretely in my pocket or the pocket of my purse, and has long been my security blanket for imaginary emergencies and last minute change in plans. Facebook, emailing, writing and...

Conversation With Strangers Delight

A bold, bald, robust man leaned over to peer into my plate and said, “Ma’am, what are you eating there?” When I said Avocado/Bacon Benedict, he jumped on it and ordered the same. Now I’ve looked at diner’s plates as I walked through restaurants before, but this was...

People vs. Things

It’s especially satisfying to make a grumpy face smile ear to ear, this time of year. I know this feeling well because my secret challenge when confronted by someone who looks like they’re having a really bad day is always to elicit some trace of a smile. And it’s...

Furniture Moves – Conversations Happen

We recently shared an evening with friends that inspired a day of furniture shuffling and satisfaction. We wanted to duplicate whatever it was that prompted such warm conversation between the four of us, and it wasn’t hard to come up with the reason this visit was...

Shut up… more.

We all do it. You’re having a conversation and hear something that triggers a memory. You’re just burnin’ to butt in because you have something very very important to say. I’ve done it a million times because, after all, this brain’s got a million words in it. But I’m...

Good Conversation Unleashes Possibilities

Maybe I’m just too boring. When faced with the question on forms, “What are your hobbies?”, I always feel that one word isn’t enough. Like the makers of that questionnaire expected me to have a life full of dynamic adventures. Then it hit me, I love conversation and...