conversations

Do You Emoji?

Do You Emoji?

Over the last month, I’ve watched at least half a dozen late-night interviews or Daily Show/Nightly Show segments where the subject of emojis comes up. Some of them were related to the Oxford Dictionary selecting the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji as their word of the year. Here’s the thing: I use exactly two […]


A Conversation of Thrones

A Conversation of Thrones

Something weird happened today. Or maybe it’s not weird. Maybe this is just how people talk now. I had an hour-long conversation about A Game of Thrones. I love the TV show (I haven’t read the books). Epic medieval fantasy with sex, magic, and dragons? Yes please. Given the unconventional approach to the genre, t’s a […]


Retiring the Question “How Are You?”

Retiring the Question "How Are You?"

A few days ago I noticed a link getting shared by multiple people on Facebook. Usually when I see more than one friend share a link, even if it’s about something I care nothing about–“Sloth Raises Really Fast Human Child!” (okay, fine, I’d read that for sure)–I’ll read it. So I skimmed the article. It […]


Pet Please #86: When You Discover a Stranger’s Favorite Conversation Topic

Pet Please #86: When You Discover a Stranger's Favorite Conversation Topic

Last weekend I was back home in Virginia to meet my niece and attend a family reunion of sorts. I say “of sorts” because the actual occasion was a renewal of vows for three pairs of aunts and uncles who were all married within the same 2-week period 30 years ago. It was a beautiful […]


Do You Try to Win Conversations?

Do You Try to Win Conversations?

Conversations aren’t battlefields. There aren’t winners and losers. But that doesn’t stop us from trying. Today I was having a conversation over e-mail with a few colleagues about an issue that arose at work. There were many different sides to the story, several layers of miscommunication, and dropped balls by several people. Overall, we were […]


What’s Your Favorite Song Right Now?

What's Your Favorite Song Right Now?

I love this question, and I want to ask it more often. It’s an infinitely better question than, “What kind of music do you like?” That question is way too broad. It’s like asking what kind of food you like or what you like to do in your free time. There are too many possible […]


Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It

Mr. and Mrs. Fix-It

I was chatting with a few people at the exclusive soft opening of a new local pie restaurant (see how I just dropped that in there? I make myself sound SO important) when the topic of fixing things came up. I had never considered “fixing things” as a good conversation topic, but it’s actually great […]


Pet Peeve #41: TMI

Pet Peeve #41: TMI

I really enjoy open and vulnerable conversation. To me, there are no limits on conversation topics unless they start to make someone uncomfortable. I’m very aware of the latter–I truly don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable or offend anyone. Every once in a while I encounter a conversationalist who will seem to intentionally push people’s […]


What You Do When You Get Nervous on a Date

What You Do When You Get Nervous on a Date

During my recent 3-month nonstop dating adventure, I realized that there are three types of people out there (I could say “two types of women, because my sample group is all female, but I’m pretty sure this applies to guys too): People who talk too much when they get nervous on a date, people who […]


The Future of Electronic Conversations: The Solution

The vase majority of blogs have comments at the end of the entry, making them seem like an afterthought. They’re not an afterthought—they’re just as important as the entry! Thankfully, someone realized this. That someone is an organization called the Institute for the Future of the Book. The Institute invented a new blog format, a […]


The Future of Electronic Conversations: The Problem

Two months ago, I started using the Google Blogger instead of the LiveJournal Platform. I didn’t regret that choice until yesterday. Several people who read my LiveJournal blog have told me that they didn’t like the move because it made it harder for them to post comments on my blog. And it is harder. But […]