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Connecting the dots.

Essays about how we communicate and why it matters.

Je Suis Not Quite Sure


Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015 by Shelley Cowan

At first, I thought Charlie Hebdo was the magazine's editor. As I learned the facts, grasped the horror and listened to the stories I kept returning to conflicting thoughts about terrorism, free speech and the power of pictures and words. ..

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Worst Communicators Ever


Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

The other day, dozens of tornados swept through the Midwest. Lives lost. Property destroyed. Such widespread and severe storms are unusual this late in the year.  ..

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Ambivalent Blogger


Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Shelley Cowan

Some years ago I heard the author Russell Banks speak at Cincinnati's Mercantile Library. He said something to the effect that 19th century Americans who could read and write deeply valued their ability to do so. They believed they had something to say – that others wanted to hear – and they believed in their ability to say it.   ..

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A guy walks into a bar


Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

When we sat down, two men at the bar were talking about Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the Three-Fifths Compromise that made it possible for the U.S. Constitution to become ratified. I know this because I was right next to them and they were very loud. ..

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Mindful Communication


Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

How often do you reread an email before sending, or ask yourself if the message is important and clearly written? ..

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Information Overload


Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2012 by Shelley Cowan

I am still unwinding my brain from the Information Overload Research Group (IORG) ‘un-conference’ in San Francisco last week.  ..

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