This photo of two whales was taken last year by Richard Clemons

Here are some examples of different levels of conversation:

Communication: “I went for a walk on the beach”

Small Talk: “They are already seeing humpbacked whales in Lahaina”

Conversation: “I can’t wait to see my first whale breach this year.”

Opinion: ” I think thrillcraft should be illegal during calving season.”

Discussion: “What would happen if the whales decided Hawaii’s waters were too dangerous to calve in and just stopped coming here?”

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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