Saturday, June 24, 2006

Some time ago

Actually, quite a long time ago now, Franklin posted about a book that was due to come out and which he thought would be well worth a read. I have now read it, in conjunction with this one. I think it was a good combination - two books from completely different perspectives both looking at communication and life across the gender divide.

If I'd only read the book which was written by a linguist (the second one), I'd have a very skewed understanding of how communication works. As a woman and a linguist, the author was quite understandably very focussed on the role of words and the meaning beneath words. The book Franklin recommended, also written by a woman, was a very good read, but not a comfortable one. I'll be going back to it a few times, I think, to see what else is waiting to bite!

I'm not going to give any more away. There's a good review linked from Franklin's post, so if you want to know more, pop over.

I've had a wretched week, but thanks to a brief conversation with the best Dad in the world (not that I'm biased or anything) I've got my head straightened out a bit and hope to get a bit more done this week coming.

You must be joking! It's nearly July, which is when our busiest season starts, I'm still trying to finish painting downstairs, and we're down to three rooms in the hotel thanks to the emergency renovations....


Anonymous Barbara-Kay said...

Ah, well, it's good to hear from you. Hopefully all your hard work will pay off in a good season. Think of all the wool that can buy you! VBG!

24/6/06 15:54  
Blogger Aarlene said...

My favorite author/linguist is Suzette Haden Elgin. She's written quite a lot of fiction too, science fiction and fantasy to be specific.
It's fascinating to learn how you can defuse an angry speaker by knowing what mode they use and using that. It's not manipulative as it might sound. Sort of like making sure you are speaking the language someone else can understand.

I hope the turmoil you are feeling is related to the turmoil of construction, so when the one is done you'll be less troubled. I remember my Mother being very stressed in a situation like that, much more so than when the situation was more difficult but less changing. Me? I hate any type of change whatsoever.

24/6/06 18:14  
Blogger Dez Crawford said...

Lornajay, please email me with your postal address so I can send the yarn!

26/6/06 16:41  

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