But Not That Kind Of Gross. . .
There are words that may prompt a certain reaction for some people but quite a different response from others if randomly asked for a retort.
Recently, I was thinking of “gross” which might lead some to think of something unacceptable or disgusting. Varying degrees of obviousness in these traits can also occur. And worse. Your mind might instead go to the profit side of things before coming to a net conclusion if your head is in that place. Maybe gross makes you think of a dozen twelves if making sense of numbers is more to your liking.
One can go in many directions when gross becomes the subject but today my thinking is about conversation. And the power of it when it comes to effective communication. Gross-Wise. Well, in some way. And the reason why it turns "Gross" is due to someone I have long admired as a follower-of-sorts although I am not as loyal as many.
Terry Gross is a journalist and longtime host of Fresh Air on National Public Radio. She also co-produces the show which can be heard locally in Pasadena over KPCC. She effectively combines exceptional research, careful listening and skillful questioning.
Last weekend, the show aired a recap of two interviews she previously had with composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim who passed away the day after Thanksgiving. The insights gained through hearing her (and Sondheim's words too) underscored the power of paying attention for me.
This is as true in an interview as it is in an everyday conversation. While she may not be well known or even known at all to you, examples are all around us. Lessons continue to be learned. And isn't that good fortune whenever it is found? I encourage such discovery.
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