Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not Speaking of Randomness

This year I have…ahem…a significant birthday coming up. And I believe in looong celebrations. So in honor of the fact that I’ve amassed lots and lots of random junk in my significant amount of years, I’ve decided to start a new feature I’m going to call Totally Random Tuesday, where I plan to pretty much spew out something I’ve noticed that has absolutely nothing to do with anything in particular. Only I’m starting on a Wednesday because...okay, I changed my mind about the days. There will be no quote on Totally Random Tuesday. So here’s today’s.

I’m learning that speaking well isn’t necessarily the sign of a great mind. There will always be those who are easily fooled by, and therefore fuel, those who speak well but say nothing. It’s listening well that’s almost always a sign of greatness.


  1. I whole-heartedly agree. I am acquainted with a lot of yappers, some who know their stuff and some who think they do. You have to filter it.

    So when's the PARTY? I'm ready for another St. Charles trip. You could ride down Main Street in a surrey touting your milestone birthday.

  2. LOL...My birthday’s not for another 6 months. Some women lower their age, I round mine off to the higher number 6 months beforehand in order to get used to it. So I’m thinking we could fit in a FEW parties between now and then…! Tell Doug to start getting in shape for that surrey ride!

    And I saw you with that old man at our book signing at Barnes & Noble. You are one of the great, Linda.

  3. Listening is important. That's why God gave us two ears and only one mouth (don't know who said that, only know it's true!)


  4. Ditto, Ms. Tammy, about talkers and listeners!(I hope I don't fall into the wrong category!) And I laughed when I read what you said to Linda in your comment about seeing her with that old man at B&N! You kind of left out an important word or two, I think!...Like, maybe "listeners" :o
    Also, let the celebration begin, dahhhhling! I'm ready to PARRRR-TAY!

  5. Tammy, that old guy had a lot of nothing to say, but he sure needed to say it. He needed a listener. God puts me in places, and sometimes he sends someone to put me in my place. More often than not, it's that way! Doug said he has a seat reserved, and he'll evict his passengers in the middle of the street,not even curbside, when he sees us on Main Street. Party-planning time!

  6. Pat, I agree! I think writers HAVE to be good listeners, or all we'd know to write about would be ourselves.

    Becky, you are certainly a wonderful listener, and I simply adore you for it, dahlink!!! You are of course great as well!!!

    Yep, that old guy held us ALL captive for quite a while. But remember how Linda was the only one who didn't try to escape? And God bless her for it! I couldn't do it! :-0


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