Listening is in a Category of Its Own

I have met a few advocates for the homeless population here in Kodiak. One advocate, in particular, touched my heart this past week. Kodiak held its first Project Homeless Connect (PHC) back in March and recently a few folks, including myself, gathered to discuss what...

Started with Little Things

This week my offering is a simple poem, a little thing. Listening is a little thing. On the surface, anyway. And yet, listening is touching the field of humanity… and loving the world. “Started with Little Things,” by William Stafford… Love the...

Listening is Kissing the Frog

Dear Listener, In our experience as listeners, we each have many stories of what it is like to extend respect up front. Instead of waiting to see if someone measures up before we offer respect, we sit and listen to anyone who needs a listening ear and compassionate...

Listening Stops People in their Tracks

Thursday, April 11th, was National Listening Day. Some of you joined Marcia in Anchorage for ‘pop-up’ listening in Town Square Park. I did some pop-up listening in Kodiak that day, too. There is a small downtown area here, a few odd shaped buildings strung...

Certainty vs. Possibility

When life gives you lemons… We have a wonderful metaphor, right? But what if the lemons you are given are in the form of a difficult conversation. Well if you are like the rest of us, more than once you have passed on the chance for lemonade all together....

The Experience of Time as Listeners

Have you noticed any differences in how you experience time during your listening sessions vs time in your ordinary life? I’m asking because time is on my mind. And because I recall several occasion when we, as listeners, have talked about how we...

What Contributes to Your Way of Listening?

Per usual, I began this letter today by combing through free stock photos for blogs. With no idea in mind… simply waiting to be taken by an image… I stumbled across this Pantone 578 mug. I spent many years operating an offset printing press and Pantone was...

Still and Quiet

Today I want to thank you all for that moment, that still and quiet moment, just before you put your name on the calendar and commit to a shift. Choosing to take a shift – choosing to take a moment out of our full and busy lives in order to make ourselves...

The Impact of Presence

At our meeting last month, Linda mentioned how our listening impacts people beyond the guests we serve. That we choose to listen, influences people peripheral to the LP. Linda spoke about how she was at dinner with friends and was asked something along the lines of,...

The Gift of Being Neutral

The Gift of Being Neutral In our ongoing training and honing of our listening skills, one of the things that we can be reminded of is remaining neutral in our role as listener. In the service of listening to another we are mindful of our facial expressions, body...

The Little Things

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.” (Andy Worhol) As the years of our commitment to listening approach a decade, this little thing we do – listen – is a perfect example of Worhol’s insight....

Each Step

Some of you may recognize the artwork above – the artist is Alex Grey. Alex and Alison Grey are both intensely creative and community oriented contemporary artists. I will admit to you that the first time I saw Alex’s work it didn’t appeal to me. A glossy print...

Look Me in the Eye

Today I had intended to write about the impact of modern devices, cellphone and tablets, on young people today (I know, that makes me feel very old) but as I wrote using the modern technology in front of me it not only seemed hypocritical, it is a topic far bigger...