Category Archives: Civility

(Issue #496) Thankful for Civility.


Civility does not mean we always agree. It does mean, though, that we accept each other’s humanity and dignity as a person. On March 25, 2012, I wrote “Is Civility Part of Your DNA?”. Coincidentally, it was post #96 on … Continue reading

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(Issue #490) Calling for Deliberative Dialogues. 


Acknowledge common ground to build a more unified and proactive community. Every day we find ourselves bombarded by lots of talking.  When fortunate, we get to hear and engage in real conversations. Speaking, listening, questioning, listening, responding, questioning, listening, and … Continue reading

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(Issue #482) Political Pyrotechnicians


Unfortunately, because they refuse to listen, a fruitful give-and-take becomes more of a chimera. I bought a t-shirt on the Savannah waterfront that has the picture of a dog on it. While the image reminded me of Roxie, the words … Continue reading

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(Issue #477) Call-Out Culture: Increasing Understanding or Volume?


If you have to name-call, then you have no argument; you have admitted your lack of understanding and/or inability to intelligently debate the issue at hand. One of the byproducts of social media has been the legitimization of a call-out … Continue reading

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(Issue #466) Spoiled?


This week’s post comes to us from a guest first-time blogger, Roxie (BDE), my pet therapy team leader.  Enjoy her observations. As the sun popped up over the ocean, I thought if that is being “spoiled” then I like it. … Continue reading

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(#451) The Conversation Starter


There are no strangers; only friends she has yet to meet. It was a chance encounter on a pet therapy round. As Roxie and I exited a hospital office area, a woman stopped in the hallway and looked at us. … Continue reading

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(#447) Resistance Bubbles


How do we get the two groups to the table to capitalize on the 10% they agree on—to start a conversation and maybe educate one another to each resistance bubble’s beliefs and core values? Is this a worthy goal—and, is … Continue reading

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