Tag Archives: living room conversations

August 5, 2013 "It’s a very hopeful, energizing experience. You walk into the conversation anxious and worried whether people will be civil, because we’ve all seen “bad behavior” in the media, and then you find out that you like these people. And you’re intrigued by some of your differences. You’ve never thought about some things in the way they do, and all of a sudden, you get a flash of insight, “Oh, that’s where this is coming from! I understand now.” Read the complete interview Read More...

Can we talk about mental illness?  We certainly don’t.  It’s really odd that in a time when we know so much more about the brain and biochemistry mental illness remains surrounded by misperception, shame, blame, stigma, and just plain ignorance.  All of that makes it mostly an unspoken, and too often poorly addressed, issue even though its prevalence in the society is so high.   (According to a new publication from the US government about 20% of Americans over 18 will experience a mental Read More...

Audrey Addison Williams, professional speaker, writer, spiritual leader, business consultant and expert in personal transformation and community empowerment Originally published in Huffington Post, 7/3/2013 I was raised in a Republican household; my dad was a paid speaker at Republican conferences and events. I grew up in the ‘60s and have vivid memories of vibrant, invigorating, loud, informative, respectful, intelligent, fun and life affirming political debate in our living room. Whites, Read More...