A few years ago a friend (and her family) who lives overseas in mission work was home on a sabbatical. I suggested trying to get together with our friends from long ago (saying that makes me feel older than I feel!) VS days in northwestern Ontario. Continue reading “Arizona in the Spring”
I remember a few years ago one Sunday after our church had gone through a tough time (a death & funeral, I think), the pastor did not have a sermon but read verse after verse that brought comfort and hope. With all that’s going on around us, we don’t need yet another voice giving an opinion, so I will share some verses instead. Continue reading “Words of Comfort”
I wrote this title in March, on the early onset of our world being changed by the “novel Coronovirus.” Information was limited and even then conspiracy theories were flying around. Continue reading “Coronavirus – Observations from the Peanut Gallery”
To (mis)quote Dory from Finding Nemo, “I spy something blue and wet.” Yup. Something wet and clear/blue/brown (depending on where you’re going) is what makes summer in the south more bearable. Since we live in south Georgia maybe Continue reading “Surviving Summertime in the South”
I answer umpteen calls a week at work that are telemarketer/unsolicited calls. Many, thankfully, are pre-recorded messages and I hang up gleefully on them. No feelings to hurt. Sometimes it’s live calls. I try to be as gentle but forthright as I can with them. I try to be as truthful as I can without giving them what they want (to talk to my boss(es) who do not want/have time to talk to them). If they are trying to sell something and I tell them we are not interested and they keep trying to sell, I don’t feel a bit bad about hanging up on them. 🙂
I spoke with a restaurateur a while back. We were talking business (he is our GL insurance auditor and a very nice guy) and he said he told his restaurant manager that if she lets anyone (on an unsolicited sales call) past her and back to his office, she’s fired. I thought that may be a bit harsh but point well made.
Anyhow, here’s how a conversation went the other day ….
Caller: I’m Rob ______ with ____ Financial Investments. Is Stan in?
Me: No he’s not. Can I take a message?
Caller: I have a 2 o’clock appointment with him and am running late. I forgot my cell this morning and don’t have his number. Can you give that to me?
Me (Stan’s in another state. Lol): You have a 2 o’clock appt with Stan?
Me: I don’t think he has a 2 o’clock appt here today.
Caller: Well, he said to give him a call after lunch. Can you give me his cell number?
Me: No, I can’t give out his number. You can leave a message for him and I can pass along to him.
Caller: Will you actually give it to him?
Me (shucks, why not?): Sure, I’ll pass it along to him.
Click, click …. dial tone.
I saw this rather stunning (shocking? maybe it shouldn’t be??) article a few years ago online and I saved a screen shot of it.
I believe there are times it’s possible to tell a partial truth but in a way that you can get others to believe a lie. So are you then lying?? In essence, if that’s your intention.
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. Proverbs 21:6