What’s so hard about listening?

Can you suppress your ego long enough to think something through before you respond? Can you hold back your first automatic response in order to listen with intent, clarify any uncertainties, perhaps rephrase what was said, and ask the speaker to expand on their thoughts? It’s hard, isn’t it? It takes intentional thought, training, and… Read More

Need to focus? Train Your Brain.

Volleyball practice legally began today in Iowa high schools. My retired-teacher husband returned to coaching varsity volleyball last year, which returned me to participation as well. For lack of a better job title, I’m the official “team grandma.” I love spending time with high school girls each fall, and the relationships we develop show up… Read More