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Gossiping

“Gossip is the Devil’s radio”–Beatle, George Harrison We have all indulged in idle talk about the goings on of other people. We may inflate the virtues of someone we love or admire, or more commonly, participate in passing along rumors … Continue reading

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So Much Gossip

It’s safe to say that all of us gossip or have gossiped sometime in the past. This tendency is present across age groups, and social classes. We may have found out some juicy information about someone else and just had … Continue reading

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Reticent

My friend Jonathan brought up the topic of reticence yesterday. He mentioned that he is more of an extrovert than I am. I mentioned that when I was Jonathan’s age, I had an even  more reticent personality. I was told by … Continue reading

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Skillful Speech

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This catchy little chant is one of the first clever idioms we learn as young children. In the world of four-year-old children, it’s a good bit of … Continue reading

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Unwholesome Speech

Today’s concerns about “fake news” and “alt-facts” are not misguided. Untruthful statements are part of the problem of the degradation of modern communication. We notice that gossip is rampant in our culture, and the language is polluted with profanity everywhere … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Defamation

2016 has seen an allegations-filled news cycle. The general election has especially been a contentious one.  So many accusations were cast out for public consumption that it has been difficult to  determine which ones are true and which ones are … Continue reading

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Exercising Verbal Restraint

The very few times I mention discipline or moral restraint in conversation, the question of freedom of speech springs up in the minds of my friends and family. I am quick to remind them that first and foremost, civil liberties, … Continue reading

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