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I like to listen.  I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.  Most people never listen.
   —  Ernest Hemingway
[But to listen carefully is difficult when you’re in love with the sound of your own voice – like some…  Right, #AmnestyDon?  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Speaking With Forked Tongue
2014 The Code
2013 Eventually Formed
2012 Remember To Vote Tomorrow
2011 It Sounds Like Chaos Theory To Me
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No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.
  —   Christopher Morley
[My dog is always a good listener — as long as I’m scratching her tummy.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Namaste
2012 Looking Up
2011 Et Tu Brute?

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I read an article once that said that when women have a conversation, they’re communicating on five levels.  They follow the conversation that they’re actually having, the conversation that is specifically being avoided, the tone being applied to the overt conversation, the buried conversation that is being covered only in subtext, and finally the other person’s body language.
That is, on many levels astounding to me.  I mean, that’s like having a freaking superpower.  When I, and most other people with a Y chromosome, have a conversation, we’re having a conversation.  Singular.  We’re paying attention to what is being said, considering that, and replying to it.  All these other conversations that have apparently been going on for the last several thousand years?  I didn’t even know that they EXISTED until I read that stupid article, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
I felt somewhat skeptical about the article’s grounding.  There were probably a lot of women who didn’t communicate on multiple wavelengths at once.  There were probably men who could handle that many just fine.  I just wasn’t one of them.
So, ladies, if you ever have some conversation with your boyfriend or husband or brother or male friend, and you are telling him something perfectly obvious, and he comes away from it utterly clueless?  I know it’s tempting to think to yourself, “The man can’t possibly be that stupid!”
But yes.  Yes, he can.
  —  Harry Dresden
The narrative character in the novel: “Cold Days
Written by: Jim Butcher
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On This Day In:
2012 Enquiries
2011 The Prize: Understanding
2010 Can You Tell My Scanner Works?
Rebecca – The Early Years
James – The Early Years
Brothers By Another Mother

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