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Crossroads

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I had the pleasure of speaking at the Women and Girls Foundation’s Crossroads Conference for Women yesterday morning. I wanted to share my talk with you here. In service of the Women and Girls Foundation’s (WGF) mission to develop women leaders, and timed to coincide with Women’s History Month in March, the Crossroads Conference focuses on […]

Communication Disease

Communication Disease

What is communication anyway? It’s certainly not a direct line From my mouth to your ears. If your eyes wander And your heart is closed like iron. And a feeling of unease is Communicated through the air like disease. I cough up disdain; You breathe in mistrust.

Babel for Peace

Babel for Peace

What if the Tower of Babel was a blessing? What if no one spoke the same language, and everyone had to communicate in a third? What if instead of spending our time selecting the most searing and potent words in our own language to use in argument against our neighbor, we had to muddle our […]

Things I Don’t Talk About

Things I Don’t Talk About

There are certain traps I’ve fallen into when I lived abroad before, certain cycles and topics of conversation that took hold and controlled the way I communicated with my friends and family back home. I’ve made a concerted effort this time around not to let that happen. We all knew graduating from college would mean […]

A Russian Conspiracy

A Russian Conspiracy

I get more and more convinced all the time that communication has less to do with vocabulary and grammar than it does with concentration and a sort of mutual conspiracy to understand. Exhibit A: When Łukasz came to this country in September, he didn’t even know the alphabet. Now he speaks Russian about as well […]