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Using Words – A Not So Subtle Message by Debra H. Goldstein

Debra H. Goldstein

Author Debra H. Goldstein

Using Words – A Not So Subtle Message by Debra H. Goldstein

Communicating through words is what sets us apart from other species. Certainly gorillas, puppy dogs, and other animals communicate between themselves or with humans through looks, movements, and sounds, but the use of words to convey meaning distinguishes us.

Words can be spoken, signed, or written. They can be in English, French, or even Pig Latin. The key is that we use words to define and make others understand our thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Sometimes though, we are silent. We may have a thought, but we don’t express it. How many times have we read about people who wish they said “I love you” before the opportunity passed them by? Ever wonder if a kind word or an offer of help would have made a difference in a life?

I can’t answer these philosophical questions, but I can suggest that during this holiday season you take a moment to use words. Write a card or e-mail, pull someone aside for a chat, make a call or send a text. Use words to show you care. That’s what I’m doing now:

Happy Holidays!  May 2014 be a year of health, happiness and prosperity for you and yours!!

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Debra H. Goldstein’s short story, “A Political Cornucopia” was the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable featured November 2013 story.  Her debut novel, A Maze in Blue, received a 2012 IPPY award and will be reissued by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery in May 2014.

  1. vsk8s
    December 31, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you, Debra for the good wishes, and I’m sending my share back to you. Thank you for the interesting blog, the encouragement, and the collegiality!

    • January 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      A late reply….as I’ve had limited e-mail access, but happy new year to you. Delighted we connected in 2013. Look forward to passing again in 2014.

  2. December 25, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Terrific, as usual your words always make a difference in my life ! Happy , healthy & prosperous New Year to you & Joel as well …

    • December 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Hope you are settled in and happy. May 2014 only bring you more happiness and comfort.

  3. Sally Price
    December 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Didn’t mean to be mysterious — Anonymous was me!

    • December 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Merry Christmas. Glad my words touched you at just the right moment last night ask know you will translate them into joy for others. May2014 bring you personal joy, happiness, and the continued grow of deep friendships

  4. Anonymous
    December 24, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Something told me to read your words before turning in tonight — glad I did. Have already thought of three people I need to reach out to tomorrow because the holidays are very different for them this year. Thanks for your wisdom and your friendship!

  5. amy saag
    December 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Debra…Beautiful…thanks for encouraging us to share our words..From our family to yours….wishing good health and joy in 2014….Looking forward to working together in the months/years to come! Grateful for our friendship….

    • December 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      All the best to your family and you for 2014. It should be an exciting wonderful year for all. I, too, look forward to learning from a great mentor.

  6. Judith Schulman Miller
    December 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Love you dear old friend. Hope 2014 will bring you and your family many blessings. Love Judi

    Sent from my iPad


    • December 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Same to you……and let’s try to put our words together over lunch or dinner in 2014 🙂

  7. December 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    And here are my words-thank you for your friendship, your leadership, your thoughtfulness and your words!

  8. December 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I agree! We usually connect with old friends about this time of year by phone. We had 2 long conversations yesterday with people we were very close to over 10 years ago. It’s good to keep those relationships alive.

    • December 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I very much agree. A card, a call, a word keeps friendships alive. It is sad when we neglect those connections. Happy holidays.

  9. December 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for the reminder, Debra. Happy holidays to you and your family 🙂

    • December 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Joanne, the same to you and yours……have loved your recent Goddess travels. All the best in 2014. Thank you for your support in 2013

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