The Sound of Silence!

The Sound of Silence is a song written by Disturbed and released in 2015 but made famous by Simon and Garfunkel in the movie, The Graduate. Its lyrics include the phrases: “People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening.” It is the last phrase I want to dwell on: People [Read More]

A Hypothetical Conversation

A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended a family social gathering seeing extended family we had not seen in quite a long time. As one typically does, I went around to say “hello” to everyone, usually greeting them with a smile and a hug. However, when I went [Read More]

How Do You Define “Ethics?”

In a recent post, I discussed a book I just finished reading, The Power of Ethics by Susan Liautaud (Simon and Schuster, New York, NY 2021). While Professor Liautaud made many interesting points, her definition of "ethics" caught my attention: "For centuries, we have shared common expectations of how we [Read More]

By |September 3rd, 2021|Research|

Interpersonal Skills

The end of the semester is drawing near in my online employment mediation dispute class. The theme of the last discussion board is reflective: what three things has each student learned from or skills developed or improved upon in this course. There is a saying to the effect that as [Read More]

By |April 30th, 2021|Mediations|

Silence is a Great Tool!

No doubt, you have encountered the situation where you are addressing a group of people and ask a question and are met with silence… absolute quiet! It feels awkward… no one is answering your question.(Indeed, Anglophones can not tolerate more than four seconds of silence while the Japanese can tolerate [Read More]

By |March 26th, 2021|Mediations|

Difficult Conversations

Recently, a friend of mine challenged me to write a blog about how to survive Thanksgiving dinner considering our recent election. Some will be happy while others will be distraught at the results; yet we will all be sitting around the same table (virtually?) breaking bread together. She then told [Read More]

By |November 25th, 2020|Odd stuff|

The Consequences of Not Listening!

Last week, I posted a blog about an article in the New York Times discussing the lost art of active listening. (“Are You Listening?”). It seems that my blog post was very timely because NPR just published an article on the loneliness of Americans. (“Most Americans Are Lonely, And Our [Read More]

By |February 7th, 2020|News articles|