WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS

Avatar_DavidBentley At a recent, large, semi-formal, birthday party, I had made it to the buffet table which was filled with scrumptious looking dishes. Unbeknownst to me, a thread had come loose from my trousers. Apparently, unbeknownst to him, the person behind me had stepped on that thread. When I took another step, my entire left inseam came out from cuff to crotch, and I was dragging three feet of black thread behind me.

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GRINDING COFFEE

Avatar_DavidBentley I offered to grind some coffee beans for a friend. I didn’t have access to a commercial grinder, but the one I did have was a rather substantial home model. So I filled the hopper with roasted beans, set the desired coarseness of the grounds, and turned the machine on. That’s when I got the first inkling that I may have bitten off more than I could chew. Still, I had promised to help my friend.

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CONVERSATION WITH A SEAGULL

Avatar_DavidBentley I had an interesting conversation with a seagull this morning. I’m not exactly sure what we discussed because I’m not particularly fluent in seagull. He made a lot of noises. I mimicked what he had said. Then he made more noises, and I responded to them. He had more to say than I did, probably because my vocabulary was limited. Yet we remained engaged far longer than I would have expected. The other gulls seemed surprised, too.

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LIFE’S LITTLE QUESTIONS

Avatar_DavidBentley You know how your mind will sometimes worry about the silliest, little questions? Well, that's what been happening to me. I just had one dumb, little question, but it has troubled me all week. I've waked up wondering about it. I've thought about it at work. I've asked friends about it. I've dreamed about it. Yet I still haven't come up with a good answer, and the question doesn't seem ready to go away.

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ANOTHER LESSON IN LISTENING

Avatar_DavidBentley Keeping one's mouth shut is not always easy. Continuing to listen while keeping one's mouth shut is even harder. You would think I would have learned these two lessons by the end of my fifth decade of life on this planet. Unfortunately, I seem to find it necessary to increase my experience with both of them – repeatedly. It happened, again, this week.

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