Be a Better Conversationalist

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The past few years, I’ve slowly become more and more extroverted.

One factor leading to this was reading a book on how to be a better conversationalist. I thought it’d be helpful to share the best tips from the book.

Have a general guiding “goal” in mind when you speak to someone. This doesn’t mean you’re duplicitous or fake. It just means you are giving meaning to your conversation. When someone asks you “What do you like to do?” they aren’t just asking for information. They’re trying to make conversation, for one reason or another. And so should you! Maybe you want to get to know the person better. Maybe you want to find areas of common interest. Or maybe you want to persuade them to marry you. My goal lately has been to make people feel comfortable. If I’m speaking to someone who loves to gab, I try…

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Dear Girls in Cyber World:

By the Mighty Mumford

Dear Girls In Cyber World, I know I’m not the only one out there who compares. It’s something we all do. We compare the entirety of our lives to the 5 seconds we see of someone else’s. We compare ourselves to the “digital nomads”, traveling to all these exotic places and taking pictures of […]

via Dear Girls In Cyber World — The Redhead Chronicles

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The Elephant Company – Intermission Story (14)

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James Howard “Billy” Williams went to Burma in 1920, fresh out of the service for WWI, for a position as a ‘forest man’.  It was there he became increasingly educated on the intelligence, character and welfare of elephants.

When Japan invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite British Force 136.  [a unit that today would compared to Rangers, SEALs and Delta Force].  Being older and wiser in the ways of the jungles, Williams’ tale of war and daring would become legendary.

In 1944, Lt.Colonel Williams, along with his Karen workers, uzis, elephant tenders, and the animals themselves made the stairway in Burma.  They go upward, a sheer rockface escarpment, narrowly escaping the Japanese hot on their trail, through the mountains of Imphal.

While many times the massive beasts stood on their hind legs to scale an ascent that surpassed Hannibal in…

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“Fall of Saigon(the year of the cat) 1975” 


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The Fall of Saigon, or the Liberation of Saigon, depending on context,[1][2] was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (also known as the Việt Cộng) on April 30, 1975. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War and the start of a transition period to the formal reunification of Vietnamunder the Socialist Republic.

North Vietnamese forces, under the command of General Văn Tiến Dũng, began their final attack on Saigon on April 29, 1975, with Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces commanded by General Nguyễn Văn Toàn suffering heavy artillery bombardment. This bombardment at the Tân Sơn Nhất Airport killed the last two American servicemen to die in Vietnam, Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge.[3] By…

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