Archive for April, 2009
Friday, April 24th, 2009
The phone rang a few minutes ago. I smiled. It reminded me of how simple and stress-free life can be. I just R E A C H E D across my desk - a mere 18 inches – and answered it.
I live in a multi-level home, and up to two days ago, I had one telephone for the entire house. It was located in our kitchen on the upper level. A ringing phone meant covert glances between the kids and me, assessments of potential cooperation and rivalry. Who would make the sprint for it? Who was acting like they didn’t hear the shrill ring? Was anyone in the competitive spirit? Sometimes there was a stand-off, the phone ringing until the voicemail took over. Other times a race-tackle-brawl between the Harrison and Olivia broke out, culminating in one cry of pain, and one pleasant (albeit breathy) “Hello?” (more…)
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Saturday, April 11th, 2009
“That’s not real connecting.”
Paul, the VP of the company where I consult, and I were discussing the explosion of technological communication. Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter – on top of the now old-fashioned texting and emailing – were what his college-aged son lived on. He shook his head, dismayed.
“The thing is, kids think they’re really connecting. But that’s not connecting. Talking. That’s how you get to know people.” (more…)
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