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Can You Hear
the Crickets?
BY JASON GREEN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OREGON
ASSOCIATION OF WATER UTILITIES

Too many loud noises, choices
not to wear hearing protection and possibly
age or genetics. I'm not sure. I still hear
the sounds of a deer's hooves in the
woods, or ducks and geese relatively well.
Lower tones aren't a problem, but the mid
and upper ranges are a real challenge-ok,
so some just don't exist anymore. Song
birds, summer tree frogs and especially
crickets are seldom heard any longer. In
fact, I haven't heard crickets for 15 years or
more. I recall a number of years ago asking
someone why we don't hear crickets
on the coast anymore. I was willing, but
unable to hear and frankly, forgot what I
was missing. This brief article is not about
ear protection safety, nor necessarily
hearing, but maybe the art of hearing or
better, listening for a purpose or maybe
encouraging someone to increase their

ability to learn by asking and listening to
others. I have witnessed some folks being
very adept at asking for advice or seeking
counsel in wonderfully talented ways that
cause me to shake my head in wonder at
how they so easily identify opportunities
and make it happen, mining others'
gems of life.
I believe there is quite a vast
difference in one being sure and confident
as compared to being arrogant and
cocky. Those who are more confident
know all too well that a good measure
of confidence can sometimes be
misdiagnosed as arrogance. Why might
this subject be included regarding hearing?
I believe arrogance and self-centeredness
have a direct and negative affect on one's
ability to hear others. Several indicators
that may be revealing-arrogance often

prevents a person from: seeking advice,
including others, giving credit where due
and listening to others-we don't hear
someone stating they want to grow or
become more prideful and arrogant and
self-centered-some of us have a natural
good dose of it already! Occasionally we
might find someone who is unsure or
lacks experience or may be embarrassed
might not seek advice simply because they
don't know how or who or even the right
questions to ask. I have been accused of
both arrogance and self-confidence and in
some cases, guilty of both over the years,
and both can lead to a hearing impairment. 
There is great benefit in listening,
watching and learning from others, and
it's often much easier and more rewarding
than being enrolled in the school of hard
knocks. Interestingly, when a person seeks
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018

From the President
The 10 Steps of Crisis Communication
Florida Rural Water Association’s Rapid Response to Deadly Hurricane Irma
Texas Rural Water Association Provides Emergency Assistance to Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
UTWARN: Rural Water Association of Utah’s Emergency Response System
NRWA Congratulates Senator Thad Cochran on His Retirement
Regulatory Update
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Can You Hear the Crickets?
Up the Creek: A Unique Elixir
Residential Metering: Choosing the Meter That Best Meets the Changing Needs of Your Rural Water System
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Intro
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - bellyband1
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - bellyband2
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover1
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover2
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 3
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 4
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 5
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 6
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 7
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 8
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 9
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 10
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - From the President
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - The 10 Steps of Crisis Communication
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 13
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 14
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 15
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 16
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 17
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Florida Rural Water Association’s Rapid Response to Deadly Hurricane Irma
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 19
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 20
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 21
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 22
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 23
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Texas Rural Water Association Provides Emergency Assistance to Systems Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 25
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 26
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 27
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 28
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - UTWARN: Rural Water Association of Utah’s Emergency Response System
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 30
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 31
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 32
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - NRWA Congratulates Senator Thad Cochran on His Retirement
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Regulatory Update
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 35
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 36
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 38
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Can You Hear the Crickets?
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 40
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Up the Creek: A Unique Elixir
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Residential Metering: Choosing the Meter That Best Meets the Changing Needs of Your Rural Water System
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 43
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - 45
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover3
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2018 - cover4
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