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The artful listener

Creativity includes the art of listening.

From the April 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal


"Do you carry any smaller pots?" I asked the woman sitting at the table in the marketplace. Miniature vases with engravings, paintings of domestic scenes with peasants, flower pots, and other artifacts made of black pottery crowded her rustic "shop" along the roadside.

"Beg your pardon?" the woman asked.

"Do you have any smaller pots?" I asked again. I was with a group of friends from college, and we had stopped at this remote village on the hillside of Sierra Grande, in the Province of Cordoba, in Argentina. The summit of this Sierra is known as Pampade Achala (Achala's plain). Condors are often spotted there.

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