Judith Lautner (judith) wrote,
Judith Lautner

Expressing myself

I had hopes that this journal would help to contain me, be an outlet for my thoughts, so that I wouldn't go off inappropriately elsewhere. It hasn't done that, not entirely.

Yesterday Elsa sent around a copy of the new agenda format for newspaper ads. The writing is horribly archaic, entirely in the passive voice, and excessively wordy. It is hard to understand it. I wrote back with a few words on the subject, then said "there. that's all. I'm done." But of course all was not done. Others in the dept. agreed with me and now there's a move afoot to change the language.

I don't mind the move, but I am worried that I come across as a scathing critic of a lot of what our city clerk does, and that this may not buy me the attention I need when I need it. I recognize the need to keep things smooth, unruffled, and this has become a little hot, this topic. On top of an argument I had with the city clerk on "consent agendas".

I am not keeping to the "right way" at times. That is, seeing people's words as either "please" or "thank you". And responding in kind. That is, kindly.

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