Category: Blog

“Please know, you are the only people I’d refer my friends to in times of need.”

Dear Friends,         We consider ourselves story-tellers, so today we’d like to share a story with you.  Carol’s son overdosed on fentanyl three years ago this summer.   She was devastated. He was bright, witty, and articulate. Very artistic and creative.   When Carol met with the funeral director to plan his memorial service, she requested that…
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“L’essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux.” 

That was Fred Rogers’ favorite quote.  It was framed and hung on a wall in his office.  “What is essential is invisible to the eyes,” from Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince.” “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls,” he once said, expounding on the idea…
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What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel?

  What do you do with the mad that you feel When you feel so mad you could bite? When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong… And nothing you do seems very right? What do you do? Do you punch a bag? Do you pound some clay or some dough? Do you round…
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It’s Not a Joke (a blog in three parts)

A huge part of each of us didn’t want to go.  We’d read about the violence, the darkness, the depravity.  It was the violence, especially, that gave us pause. Besides, it had an abundance of clowns in it and clowns are also one of our least favorite forms of entertainment.  But we also read about…
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Transcript – Thomas Chan Podcast (Thomas’ words only)

4:54 Well, to come to my mind, when I see these soldiers, well armed, with these green uniforms, and they start coming into the town, they start shooting, and I see women get shot in the back, and they don’t even care about the fate of the individual. I escape because I don’t want to…
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STTIT’s Compassionate Listening Training Program is Growing!

This past March Someone To Tell It to was awarded the “Listening in the Business Sector Award”, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, by the International Listening Association. One of the main reasons why is because of the work we are doing in so many places both near our headquarters in central Pennsylvania, and also because…
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Listening and the Tug of War

She seemed agitated to say the least. The CEO of the health clinic pulled us aside in the middle of a break. Had we done or said something to upset her? We took a deep breath as our faces turned crimson and then were drained of color. “Well, you stepped right into the fray, didn’t…
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The Discovery of our Common Humanity

“This book is about the liberation of the human heart from the tentacles of chaos and loneliness, and from those fears that provoke us to exclude and reject others.  It is a liberation that opens us up and leads us to the discovery of our common humanity.” These are the opening lines of Becoming Human,…
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I dislike discrimination. Truly. Intensely. Viscerally.

I dislike discrimination. Truly.  Intensely.  Viscerally. Age.  Disability.  Gender.  Nationality.  Race.  Religion.  Sexual orientation.  Social status.  I struggle with the many ways we humans tend to categorize others to keep them out or down or excluded.  When we view them as “less than”, not worthy of respect or common decency, or deserving of our scorn,…
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Time is How You Spend Your Love

So that she could more comfortably sleep, the cardiac intensive care room was darkened, and only those lights spilling in from the nurses’ station outside of it illuminated the room.   Yeah, and the glow from the multitude of monitors, measuring more vital signs than I could even begin to understand.  More than a dozen IV’s…
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