Triangle Speech Services is the private, professional practice of Judith L. Bergman, a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specializes in foreign accent and regional dialect modification. I offer customized, individual tutorials to corporate-sponsored and self-enrolled individuals who speak English fluently but with moderate to severe accents that create challenges and frustrations in the workplace.
Thirty years ago and now for the last four years, I've been part of a group studying a set of spiritual and "life wisdom" writings called
A Course in Miracles. We are slowly reading and discussing the text but I also read the daily
Lesson in my morning e-mail. On March 20 the title of lesson #79 was,
"Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved." The text of the lesson included,
"The problem of separation...is the only real problem." This started me thinking about how we all need to belong and all separate ourselves into groups, parties, clans. It seems so easy to think in terms of "us" vs. "them." We often are not even connected to ourselves--to our own real feelings and needs.
On the "Sunbeams" page of the April 2017 issue of The Sun, my favorite literary magazine, is this quote from Alice Hoffman, 'My theory is that everyone, at one time or another, has been at the fringe of society in some way: an outcast in high school, a stranger in a foreign country, the best at something, the worst at something, the one who's different. Being an outsider is the one thing we all have in common."