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  • Be respectful

    Listen with an open mind,

    Respond don’t react

    When the above fail, count to ten and move on

    Ben so wisely said, “in this forum it is easy to miss nuances and easy to react to words - so bare and spare and black and white on the page.” It’s true of all written communication, especially in our multi-cultural neighborhood. Compassion in the virtual world is a challenge but one we should embrace with the same intensity that we defend our right to freely express ourselves.

    I’m a writer and a storyteller. I communicate. How meaningful is the right to uncensored expression if I can’t find a way to be understood, not agreed with or approved of but understood? Time to brush the sand out of my face, take my toys and return to the sandbox. I think I might have missed something.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonsandeman/5868020888/

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