Category Archives: Apologies

Over-Using “Sorry”

It’s helpful to explore the appropriate time to use the word “sorry.” In general, we don’t use it enough, in the sense that we are typically too slow to acknowledge responsibility for the harms we cause others. But “sorry” can be mis-used, and over-used. I blogged about this in December, citing an article noting that […]

Woman Apologizes to Zoo

A woman visiting an Arizona zoo Saturday decided she wanted a “selfie” with a jaguar, so she climbed over the barrier, and the jaguar attacked her. Other visitors helped her escape. She was treated in hospital for injuries to her arm. But here’s the best part: the next day, the young woman returned to the […]

Before You Send That Tweet…

Dear Twitter User: Before you hit “send,” please consider:  What’s urging you to send this tweet? (a) anger/rage; (b) contribution to the national dialogue on a topic; (c) fun; (d) gaining notoriety.  What requires that you send it now?  (a) I’m shocked and I want people to I know it; (b) if I don’t send […]

Ministry Apologizes

The Christian Community Development Association has a “vision for restored communities” and now it has an opportunity to restore its own community. Its leader of ten years stepped down this past November, amid allegations of mismanagement by several former employees. The board commissioned a “Reconciliation Task Force” to help them assess their past, including “instances where we […]

Public Apologies Made Easy: the Notes App

The New York Times published a fun article this weekend on the latest format used by celebrities for their apologies: the Notes app in the iPhone. Apparently part of their appeal is that they look spontaneous and personal, as opposed to the clumsy “formal apology” that was obviously written by a handler. They are also […]

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