I just got off the phone with an old friend I haven’t talked with for probably 40 years. I still hear my friend from then in his voice. The call came to my phone, but I really had no idea what the actual connection was (turns out it came through Facebook Messenger).
Old ties are important, and relatively rare in American culture. Continue reading
This has been a rough semester.
Three weeks ago today the college’s beloved choral director, Bill Brewer, died after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Yesterday my friend and fellow speech professor Carolyn Buttram died after living with cancer for nearly 20 years.
There’s no way around it. It sucks. But there are aspects around Carolyn’s passing that are sweet, as well as aspects I regret.
My students constantly hear: people don’t make decisions based on logic. They make decisions based on emotion; they justify decisions based on logic.
That means that you must have both, of course. I do not mean to devalue logical appeals in persuasive speeches. But if you want people to act, you must appeal on an emotional level as well. Continue reading
(I know that's not Sleeping Beauty. Just don't want to ire Disney lawyers.)
If it were possible to have a conversation with a fairy godmother, I now know exactly what that would be like. Continue reading