The Anatomy Of No


Why is it that a word with only two letters and one syllable can be so complex?  I don’t know the answer to that, but it is.  I have come to believe however, that it is not the word itself that is the problem, it is how it is delivered.

I have been on the receiving end of my share of “no” responses over the years, and in many of those cases, I expected that what I was asking was not going to meet with immediate acceptance.  But what sticks with me yet today is not the rejection, but the delivery of it.  People have difficulty saying “no” tactfully. In some cases I suspect, it is because they do not want to say “no” but have to, so they feel trapped and respond with anything from a curt “no” to something like “what would make you even ask me a…

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About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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