Listening Magic

The Old Fool is having some problems with his computer so be patient if he seems to be slower than usual.

Nate Lehman, one of my first cousins, admits that he did not listen well to his parents, his teachers, his wife, or anyone else.  But now, after almost forty years of giving seminars on communication skills he believes that the most important skill to be learned is listening.  It should be a part of every school’s curriculum, he believes.  He and his wife have just published “The Magic of Listening” available now through Amazon.

Following Nate’s suggestions, I learned that I could get  free kindle  software for my desktop computer.  I downloaded a kindle version of Nate and Kathy’s book and read it.  Although I had been introduced to listening skills some years ago I found the book to be a needed refresher.  I want to read it again.

With the kindle software came a free version of the classic Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin which I have never read.  I don’t read many books since reading fine print makes my eyes weary. But the font adjustments available through kindle have made reading a pleasure.

With the kindle came an Oxford Dictionary.  When I found an unfamiliar word all I needed to do was highlight it and an Oxford Dictionary definition appeared. Neat!

In Pride and Prejudice I was taken back several generations into the upper class  culture around London, England.  The tangled love stories were interesting, and the long hand-written letters reminded me of the five years of such correspondence between Rhoda and me, although we never attained to the elegant style of the letters in Austin’s book.

Last evening, Rachel down loaded a free version of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  New possibilities have opened up for me.

The Old Fool parts by this tree when visiting his best friend.

The Old Fool parks by this tree when visiting his best friend.

In a message on Valentine’s Day I introduced the wonder that I have  a best friend.  She and I nurture our friendship by exchanging criptic email messages.  For about two weeks she has been with her only granddaughter and only great granddaughter in Argentina. It is summer in Argentina.  If all is going as planned she is now in the air coming back to Goshen.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Listening Magic

  1. Nate Lehman says:

    Thanks for reading my book. I am happy you enjoyed reading it and I changed the word that you worried about. It would be helpful if you could make your comments about the book on Amazon and give it five stars. You are my only known famous person with a big web following. You are also my hero and I quote you in the book. No pressure just think about it. Peace, Nate

    • After a brief conversation a woman in the adult education program at Goshen College on her way to work was shot and killed by a former partner. He then shot and killed himself. I’ve wondered about the conversation and if either of them did the kind of listening that you teach. Perhaps a tragedy could have been avoided. And, by the way, I don’t remember the word that worried me. I see what I can do with your Amazon suggestion. Joy and peace, Martin

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