Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Sunday, 2017.11.19
The difference between listening and pretending to listen, I discovered, is
enormous. One is fluid, the other is rigid. One is alive, the other is stuffed.
Eventually, I found a radical way of thinking about listening. Real listening is
a willingness to let the other person change you. When I'm willing to let them
change me, something happens between us that's more interesting than a pair of
dueling monologues. Like so much of what I learned in the theater, this turned
out to be how life works, too.

		Alan Alda, "never have your dog stuffed"


An open letter to KUSA TV in Denver and the Board of Directors for the Komen Foundation.

This letter was originally written last fall. My wife’s health over the holidays prevented me from tracking down all the contacts to whom I wished to send this letter. Her health is much improved at the moment. She is off oxygen although her energy level is considerably diminished. I apologize for the delay and hope that my comments may still be of value.

November 22, 1999

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am writing this letter in the hope of initiating a positive change in the way breast cancer survivors are treated during Denver’s Race for the Cure event. I have shared this letter with organizations and people not directly involved with the Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure in the hope that my experiences will assist them in avoiding some of the unfortunate trends I’ve observed with the Race for the Cure event in Denver. (more…)

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