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‘…mutual knowledge of a relationship type’

In the 11-minute video below from RSA Animate, Steven Pinker discusses language and human nature.  As a transformative mediator, I have a relational worldview and a focus on communication that make this presentation of particular interest.  In addition, there are … Continue reading

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Casualties from Wars of Words

Elizabeth Cooney this past Monday in the Boston Globe on the effects family arguments have on children: There is new evidence that family arguing leaves a long-lasting imprint on children, diminishing their future happiness and ability to prosper in the … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

A thought for today from wordsmith.org: For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; … Continue reading

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My Writer’s Block

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Thoughts for the Day

To be nobody but myself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. -E.E. … Continue reading

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Food for Language

That’s right — it’s also food for thought about the inclusiveness of the English language: Napoleon famously dismissed the British as a nation of shopkeepers, but into those shops he despised came goods from all over the world. Butterfield [author … Continue reading

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A List of 51 Mispronounced Words

An interesting list posted by DailyWritingTips who writes: Alternate pronunciations, however, are a different matter from out-and-out mispronunciations. The latter, no matter how common, are incorrect, either because of the spelling that indicates another pronunciation, or because of what is … Continue reading

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Top Ten Irritating Phrases…

…compiled by researchers at Oxford University: 1 – At the end of the day 2 – Fairly unique 3 – I personally 4 – At this moment in time 5 – With all due respect 6 – Absolutely 7 – … Continue reading

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‘Thanks to Language’

‘Turning conflict into conversation’ — that is what DIALOGIC aims to do in mediation.  I look at what is going on for each party at the micro-level of their conversation, the parry of comments back and forth.  And, I look … Continue reading

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