How Staying Busy in the Kingdom Keeps One from Becoming a Busybody

Neighborly care or bustling busybody The neighbor across the way seemed (to us) to be a busybody. When Dave put up handrails for an elderly customer (Jan) who had fallen and injured her shoulder, her neighbor insisted that she too needed handrails. This was a pattern: whenever someone else got something new, this woman had…

Not Mine to Tell

If it’s not mine, then why tell? Everybody loves a secret, and everybody,¬†absolutely everybody loves to be the first one to tell. When there’s something we are dying for everyone to know, it’s fun to be the one to spread the tale. It’s especially fun when the secret is shocking or scandalous or contains information…

How Getting a Handle on Gossip is Like Crossing The Street
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How Getting a Handle on Gossip is Like Crossing The Street

Gossip is like squeezed-out toothpaste. It’s easy to squeeze it out, but impossible to put it back in. To illustrate this point in a children’s class, I borrowed a $20.00 bill from another adult (where everyone could see) and then showed the kids a brand new tube of toothpaste. Handing a paper plate to one…

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