Tuesday, October 23, 2007


There is a grace of kind listening, as well as a grace of kind speaking. Some listen with an abstracted air, which shows that their thoughts are elsewhere. Or they seem to listen, but by wide answers and irrelevant questions show that they have been occupied with their own thoughts, as being more interesting, at least in their own estimation, than what you have been saying. Some interrupt, and will not hear you to the end. Some hear you to the end, and then forthwith begin to talk to you about a similar experience which has befallen themselves, making your case only an illustration of their own. Some, meaning to be kind, listen with such a determined, lively, violent attention, that you are at once made uncomfortable, and the charm of conversation is at an end.

Many persons, whose manners will stand the test of speaking, break down under the trial of listening. But all these things should be brought under the sweet influences of religion.
--Frederick W. Faber (author of the hymn "There's A Wideness In God's Mercy)


Today our 6th grand is 2 weeks old! What a gift for my birthday on Oct 9th--a beautiful baby girl named Viola Grace was born into Aaron and Mollie's family! It was a double gift, because Karen, Mollie's mom, and I share the same birthday! She was 8' 3" and 20 inches long. From the pictures I think she looks a lot like her mommy. I do not have any to post, but you can go to Aaron's site, and see lots of them. They are calling her Lola. Isn't that sweet?