“Whatever happened to Sarah Sota?” the snide talking head inquired.

“Her business card is on the table near your left hand. Why don’t you pick it up and call her?” I benignly, sincerely said.

Her fluffy face blanched but she didn’t chance a glance: at me nor the card. Her integrity was on the table for all to see.

She kept her eyes averted while her head swiveled to the left to recite a six-month old gossip phrase and ask for more – and that equananimous person had the grace to nod “no”, her head down as well.

I merely looked on… well, you and I know, Constant Reader, that I did not. I repeated my question in the silent pause that lingered, a pause that was not impregnable with me around. Forthright, stalwart seeker of truth and parity. A gossip squasher, if it was within my power.

I am an American, born to be free and brave.

What kind of person would choose to rely on gossip rather than open conversation?

One that I can not abide. What about you? What human interaction gives you pause?

“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash” (Proverbs 15:14 NLT, second edition).

Here a change to embrace: “You’re once, twice, three times a listener”…, a new take on an old song.

Embrace the pause. Be a listener, be gracious and well-graced.  Care. Concerned and considerate be.

Be gentle. Be interested. Be kind.