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Learning to Small Talk

I have always envied the small talker.  The person who could create conversation for no other reason than to converse.  Jean Huston once signed a book for me and it read “To a woman who dives in the deep,” she knew me from one glance.  I am the deep diver.  And, I would like to feel comfortable in the shallow end splashing, as well.  Frivolity could serve me well. A friend of mine was interested in a new art technique.  She is a “deep” artist.  Wanting to hang with her, I signed up for a class having no idea what I was saying yes to.  Then, I walked into the craft store.  Unbeknownst to me, this was a scrapbooking class. As if on another galaxy, I walk into a back room set up with tables in a “U” shape with ten other women.  Each one had overstuffed craft bags or suitcases on rollers loaded with a minimum of $2,000 worth of art supplies.  Each container had 100 plus specialty...

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