speech and language Category

Conversational Previews

I am fascinated by the way people talk. So much about our character, our education, our view of the world, is revealed when we converse. It is often possible to determine what a person is about to say, as well as what she expects from you in return, based on the way she introduces her […]

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A Speech Evaluation as Experienced from the Other Side of My Desk

We wait in the lobby for about 10 minutes, my son, his wife and I. “David.” His name is “David.” I can’t consistently recall his name, but I always know who he is, that he is my son, and that I love him. Hopefully he knows that. His wife – I cannot for the life […]

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Scarlet, the Beggar and Me

Walking into the conference room of a continuing education course always makes me feel a little like the bumblebee girl in Blind Melon’s “No Rain” video. The bumblebee girl, you may recall, is so ridiculously out of place everywhere she dances. That garish leotard. That tutu accentuating her prepubescent potbelly. Those impractical tap shoes announcing […]

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Parting Words for my Intern

Ten days from now you will have a diploma to frame and a caseload to manage. I know it feels as though you’re finally crossing the finish line, but in actuality you are just getting into position at the starting blocks. A few words of advice before you take off: 1) Remember this: just because […]

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