Communication has been a theme of my life. Taking complex and sometimes conflicting ideas and making understanding accessible is a challenging but satisfying communication effort.

Self-expression is core to the experience of being human and writing – and sharing the writing – is an accessible and moving approach to self-expression.

Social media and electronic media are there as tools to explore and extend communication and, like pencils and printing presses, have no inherent value without people using the tools to further understanding and knowledge.

Family stories tell about Mary at age 2 standing up in my high chair and delivering “after dinner speeches” to the family and after learning to print my name, putting it on any surface available. Some think I never got over those early leanings!

“Creative interchange” is a term used by theologian Henry Nelson Weimann as an understanding of “God” being between us when we are communicating deeply.  It is literally awesome to experience that kind of communication.

Writing: I have been a serious dabbler in creative writing. Twice I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) –50,000 words in 30 days. My focus is more memoir and essay than fiction, but the rules for being a NaNoWriMo winner are fairly basic – submit your computer manuscript with 50,000 words and you win.  I recommend it.

Professionally I have written volumes of magazine and newsletter articles, reports and educational materials.

I credit my Grade 11 English teacher, Miss Connibear, for my enthusiasm in valuing correct grammar and spelling.

Frequently I send notes to website managers explaining the difference between “lead” and “led” and that “accommodation” has 2 m’s in it.  So far, people seem appreciative. And should I slip I appreciate the opportunity to correct this kind of error as well.

“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.”

Alexander Graham Bell

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