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‘ve been told since I was a little guy that I talked to much. Mainly by for-

mer teachers, family and people who I’ve met along the sometimes challenging

and mostly fun trails of life. I guess I’m mention- ing this be- cause


one I know mentioned


thing and wanted me to let them finish their thought saying ‘let me finish!’ with a tad of annoyance and at the same time hijacking the con- versation. Up to that point we were having a great talk. Te hilarious part for me is,

I was born with vocal chords, designed for communicat- ing. It’s true that, from time to time, when I was younger I talked a lot(and still do a bit, although now listening 90% of the time). I actually have a lot to say, but I hold back a lot. I learned that expressing

my thoughts would be help- ful in my growth as a human being from many books I read regarding communica- tion & self development. It has always been hard to

hold it in, but at many points I would stop talking, mainly to be polite, and to listen. Listening really helped me learn about people and I found it quite enjoyable. As I learned and listened, my thirst for conversation only increased. I had things to say about life and about what I was thinking and at the same time, I had ton of questions.

When I didn’t know some- thing, I didn’t just guess and make big mistakes, I asked questions and moved ahead with a clear understanding of what I needed learn to be more successful in the trade. My current ‘blood‘ brothers & dad (who passed on a few years back) all great people, would give me a hard time about asking them so many questions. I would ask them questions because number one, when we got together, there was very little conver- sation and I truly wanted to know what they were up to. Questions like:

“How are

you?, or, “How were you able to do what you did?”, aſter

Excitement & Talking too Much First Humor by Paul Andrew Doyle of Santa Rosa, CA• In fact, that’s how I be-

came a publisher. I wanted more challenges and I asked a huge amount of questions.

learning about something they were doing. I admired what they did. I was inspired and wanted to be able to do that very thing myself. Well, you get the point... some people really don’t like to speak very much. I’m also sure I drove a few people crazy on road trips. People saying to me, ‘You talk just like a

girl, you just go on and on!’, laughing at me of course. I like talking to girls and women...they have a lot to say! Tey share their emo- tional side of life and what they care about in addition to hopes and dreams. Frankly, when friends would

say that, it never bothered me. My brother Matt said to me once, “Paul what is your record for the most consecu- tive questions? I think you may hold a world record!”. Te truth is, I am a lucky

guy, because I have friends, and quite a few, who love to talk. Sometimes the con- versation is a bit chaotic & scattered because as we

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speak quality topics arrive! Tey become inspiring con- versations. Sometimes the people I’m talking to are not necessarily people who love to ‘gab’ as the term goes. But when those people fi-

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When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. “Hey,” I announced to the technician, “it’s open!”

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