Planting Seeds on Common Ground

Planting Seeds on Common Ground

When you find an interest that both parties share, that’s a gift, a gift of common ground, a great place to begin discussion. And when you do, follow the Silver Rule…
A real life example: When the “bathroom bill” was in committee in the Texas Senate, I heard an idea that would interest both Democrats and Republicans. I phoned the committee members’ offices.

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Emotional Time Out

Emotional Time Out

This morning, I turned on my recording of last night’s local news to see the weather forecast. That’s when I learned about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
So I postponed answering additional questions about Me Too, deciding to give my readers and myself a break from such serious topics. Instead, I’m listing below a few inspirational quotes and good news stories.

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Me Too: Questions and Analogies

Me Too: Questions and Analogies

The Me Too movement raises emotions, questions and speculative answers. How could so many famous men have sexually harassed or abused women? Some of those men have made large, positive contributions to our society. Others, if not angels, at least seemed normal, respectable.

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Want or Need? The Answer’s in the Interests

Want or Need? The Answer’s in the Interests

In a Facebook group I administer, I raised a discussion question, “What does love mean to you?” Among many great, thought-provoking comments, one member quoted something she’d heard, “Love is giving what someone else needs, not what they want.”…It can get tricky, though, because I ‘m not necessarily the best judge of what another needs.

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Hope in a New Year

Hope in a New Year

It may seem that most news is bad news lately. But bad news gets more airtime than good news. I see many reasons for hope in the long run. Yes, the environment is being harmed, species are threatened, and non-renewable energy sources are being used up. But various countries and organizations are taking countermeasures, and they’re working.

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