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Responding to the petri dish of hate

By Brandy Mello. Reprinted from Huffington Post.  With the shift in the American political climate, a slew of controversial speakers are gaining widespread attention. They’ve always had the platform, but the

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Agitation

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Have you felt it? That societal agitation resulting in more stress, conflict and stubbornness? I have. All inside myself. I find myself avoiding news, certain

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Who will save America?

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from Huffington Post. “If America is to be saved, it won’t be because we are us. It won’t be because some columnist wrote soothing words. It will

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Grief and loss

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Sitting here on a rare sunny day in the Pacific Northwest, I stop to reflect on life…and death. It’s been a long winter followed by

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Give them something to talk about

By Pedro Silva. Reprinted from Huffington Post.   “I don’t want to talk to them because they think too differently.” “How can I have a conversation with someone who just seems to

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Climate one event

By Sarah Berg. Reprinted from Huffington Post. We are living in a cultural moment in which this basic thing about what it means to be human—face-to-face conversations—feels like a fading art. And

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Those people are us

By Shelly Jenson. Reprinted from Huffington Post. I am fairly new to the dialogue world. It was a mere two years ago that I attended my first dialogue event and it was

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The political is now personal

By Ralph Benko. Reprinted from Huffington Post. Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People The Rasmussen polling company recently issued a bulletin headlined “A lot of Americans have hard feelings after last November’s presidential election.”

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Don’t take the hate bait

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from Huffington Post. We do it constantly, almost without thinking, hook, line, and sinker. The Free Dictionary defines this idiom as follows: “to be tricked into believing something without any

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Harder since the left entered tizzyland

By Ralph Benko. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. Image licensed under Creative Commons As the “second most conservative man in the world,” according to a Washington Post Magazine humor columnist, I much prefer reading,

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Resist the divide

By Jeanene Louden. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. The president elect is calling for American unity as a way forward. Those that did not support him are calling for unity as a way

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Courage in the face of fear

Courage in the face of fear is not for the faint of heart, especially for those whose hearts are broken.  The first Saturday after this country’s national election could have

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From fragility to kintsugi

By Siri Myhrom. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. My friend Jessica invited me last year to be a part of a project she is developing. She co-hosts and organizes intimate Living Room

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What do we do on november 9th?

By Rev. Linda Taylor. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. There’s a Bible story that speaks to me about our current national situation. It’s the story of a rich man who for

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Vilifying Donald Trump makes him stronger

By Ralph J Benko. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. John Trumbull‘s painting, Declaration of Independence, depicting the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence, including Jefferson and Adams Last August, Washington Post Bigfoot Columnist

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Scary green pants

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. One of my favorite books is What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss. The story is about a person afraid of a pair of empty,

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Youth voters feel defeated by system

By Serena Witherspoon. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. A year ago I hosted my first Living Room Conversation, the topic was youth voting— more specifically why youth choose to register or not. One

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Schools and the election season

by Joan Blades. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. In theory our education system was designed to give us an educated electorate. Yet somehow among eligible voters, 18 to 24 year olds are the

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10,718 paper airplanes

by Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Washington, DC sculptor. Reprinted from The Huffington Post. Sex, religion and money. These used to be the subjects to avoid. Now, it is politics. Co-workers, friends, even families are

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Humanization is the solution

by Katie Page. Reprinted from The Huffington Post I am angry. The events of past weeks, months and yes, years angers me. It is centuries of violence and hate. I hear

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Faith in Citizens

September 20th I was invited to share the Living Room Conversations story at the Religions of the Earth Conference in NY preceding the climate march. I was thrilled because faith

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