What are you talking about?

“If I have already told you this, please feel free to tell me to stop.”

I cannot tell you how many times I have said this. As of yet, however, I’ve not been asked to stop.

You are, generally, kind and gracious people.

Back in my days as PhD student, one of my responsibilities was a compilation of my major professor’s articles. It did not take me long to realize that he rarely wrote something entirely new: most of his published articles carried similar, occasionally exact copies of, entire paragraphs.

I was stunned. My understanding of academia was shaken.

I should have known better. After all, I have this set of stories I tell over and over. I have found they work well to illustrate what I want to say, so I use them. Over and over again.

Several years ago now, I realized a further step in this direction. I noticed that when I was with certain people, I would sometimes lead the conversation in a direction to get to hear them tell me a story I had heard before.  I like the way they told it.

There are things I like to talk about just for the experience – for the feelings I get taking about them, our listening to others talk about them.

Assuming I’m not alone in this, I ask again,

What are you talking about?

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