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Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln
A Commemorative Collage


Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage features artistic, dramatic, literary and musical works that speak to Lincoln’s style of leadership and his character.  My contribution to the book is an essay titled:“The Lincoln-Douglass Listenings.”

ESSAY CONTRIBUTION: “The Lincoln-Douglass Listenings”

“The Lincoln-Douglass Listenings” speaks to the unique relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, a former slave, who overcame the circumstances into which he’d been born to become an author, speaker for the Anti-Slavery Society, and founder and editor of an abolitionist newspaper.  The relationship between Lincoln and Douglass was an honest one that showed a great depth of listening and respect. Douglass was highly critical of Lincoln for many years, and Lincoln listened to his point of view. They listened, learned, and had the wisdom and agility to remain open and even change their minds—which is the first step toward moving a society forward.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage was endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the George Washington Honor Medal Presented by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, September 2009.


Proceeds from the sale of Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln are used to establish a Lincoln Legacy Scholarship award for students who produce literary works of merit which best exemplify the ideals of freedom, equality and opportunity.

The Lincoln-Douglass Listenings is also available for download here as a free pdf. 


A National Day of Listening

StoryCorps, a non-profit oral history project designed to “honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening” has declared this day the first annual National Day of Listening. StoryCorps has helped more than 40,000 Americans record and share their stories! To learn more about this exciting project, visit


ILA's 2008 Award Winners

Following are the International Listening Association (ILA) awards, presented at the 2008 convention: "Listening Lights the Way."

ChildLine and BT (formerly British Telecome) created the "Am I Listening" campaign that promotes listening to children and young people in the UK.

Linda Eve Diamond is an author whose work focuses largely on listening skills. She is also the founder of and a former "Listening Post" editor and member of the ILA executive board.

Melissa Beall, of the University of Northern Iowa, is a former ILA President whose contributions have been and continue to be fundamental to the organization. Melissa was also just inducted into the HALL OF FAME! Congratulations, Melissa!

Linda Eve Diamond is an author whose work focuses largely on listening skills. She is also the founder of and a former "Listening Post" editor and member of the ILA executive board.

The University of Maryland University College was given this award for its commitment to advancing listening skills education. Over 2,250 students have completed instruction in listening, in face-to-face classrooms, through interactive closed circuit TV and through the Internet.

Judy Litterst and Diana Rehling, both in the Communication Department at St. Cloud State University, received this award for their innovative study: "Missing Link in Communication and Aging: Listening Theory."


The ILA continues its tradition of excellence in leadership!
Margarete Imhof has passed the gavel to Lisa Orick-Martinez.


* I was thankful and deeply touched to be honored by this special organization. I posted a special "Thank you" on my old "Author's Pad" blog. Click here to see the "Thank you" post.


Batman is Really Mickey Diamond

By Linda Eve Diamond

When I was growing up, my dad had a poster in his study that someone made for him. It said: “Batman is Really Mickey Diamond.” It turns out that my dad isn’t Batman, after all. He’s a Super Man and a superhero of a different kind. We in Gotham City call him: Enviroman.

My dad has been fighting for truth, justice, and a clean environment for as long as I can recall, and I was in high school when he first told me he’d found a clause in the constitution that could change everything:
The Domestic Violence Clause. This clause, he said, showed that the framers of the constitution were careful to protect us from the dangers that could come of man’s propensity for greed. He read discussions of the wording and intent of the constitution, and he makes a strong case for the fact that the environmental dangers we now face are exactly what the framers intended to protect us from. He has also studied the effects of pollution on health and educability and discusses the interconnectedness of pollution and chemical overload with both physical and mental health issues. In The Domestic Violence Clause, he found a premise where all groups and individuals concerned with environment and health can gain strength by joining together to insist on fulfillment of the promises that are the foundation of this country.

Over the years, he has written about a number of issues that range from somewhat controversial to dangerous. In classic super hero style, he doesn’t care about his own safety as much as the message and doing his part to take care of the world. He will confront governments and corporations and, on a smaller scale, he won’t stand by while
anyone pollutes. I was with him once when he was driving through a nearly empty parking lot, when he suddenly got huffy, pulled over, and got out, storming up to a man on the sidewalk. “Pick that up.” He said. The man kept walking. “Pick that up,” insisted my father, who said a few other things I couldn’t hear, but he was dogging this man (a big guy, too) across the lot. It all seemed to be happening so fast up to the long moment when this big palooka of a guy stared hard at my dad, and they were both silent. Then the man walked back to pick up his littler and threw it in the trash. My dad got back in the car, and I wondered how he’s managed to stay in one piece. I see it now. He’s tough but he reasons with people, and, more importantly, I suppose he’s also got an angel on his shoulder because the angels know we need people like him around. (I do wish he’d be more careful, just in case the angels take a break!) Mostly, though, he fights environmental crime from his study, which makes me—as someone who wants him around for a long, long time—feel better.

I share this not only as a Father’s Day tribute to my dad, but because I believe in the importance of his work and all that he has to offer as he continues to speak, write, and inspire. If you are interested in learning more about Michael Diamond and his work, please visit his website at or write to him at

If you need him in a hurry, just shine a big E in the sky! Winking


April is National Poetry Month!

What does Poetry Month have to do with listening? Quite a lot! The writing process requires and entices a good deal of inner listening. When we write poetry and really let it flow, we may be surprised by some of what finds its way to the page. Taking a few meditative, mind-clearing moments and then sitting down to write, open to anything that comes, is a wonderful exercise in inner listening.

Poetry is also a unique way to express ourselves to others, encouraging a different kind of listening. If you have a favorite poem, a poem you wrote, or one that expresses something about which you feel strongly, you might want to share it with others, but pulling out a poem is not the usual way that we communicate in our daily lives. On April 17, it is! It’s National Carry a Poem in Your Pocket Day, so carry that poem in your pocket to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Laugh


March is International Listening Awareness Month

Celebrate ILA month by taking the time and energy to listen. Listen to yourself a little more deeply now. When a loved speaks to you, adjust your focus to listen with your whole being. Listen to your colleagues. Give employees the bonus of your full attention. Notice how people respond, and make a resolution to deepen your attention throughout the month and beyond. March is Listening Awareness Month, but you can do it any time! Listening is a year-round event. Happy

Best wishes for a Happy Listening Month!

Linda Eve Diamond Listeners Unite Site Author


The Silent Secret of Business Success

I was interviewed this week by Doug Caldwell of the Central Valley Business Times, about listening and about the book, Rule #1: Stop Talking. He asked interesting questions about the importance of listening in general and the importance of listening in business.

To read the brief CVBT article or listen to the 20 minute audio interview, visit