En Route: Crossing the Great Divide

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  1. Hi Gayle

    Beautifully said!!!

    Really wish we could all feel that the world is peaceful. I always think if everyone was just more respectful of others maybe it could happen.

    Loved reading your writings.

    So glad you had time with Anna and got to meet her future in laws too.

    We have Grretchen, the German Schnauzer, staying with us. You may see us out walking her in the neighborhood. She is now 15 and getting grumpy again not with us but with others so I have told the grandkids they can’t come while she is here

    Her family are flying South and taking a cruise so she is with us while they are away as they are having their floors in their home all done.

    Welcome Home!!

    Love Sandy and Jere

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    1. Thank you Sandy and Jere. I’ve edited this a bit since posting, hopefully for the better. It’s a complex subject, hard to do it justice in a few words. But so important, I decided to give it a try. I’m gonna try to work out in my front yard more, so I can see you guys when you’re passing by with Gretchen, the German Schnauzer. 🙂 xo

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  2. ❤❤❤

    On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 9:16 PM, Gayle Markow: As I am… wrote:

    > Gayle posted: “This morning I hugged my daughter. Several times. Before I > climbed into the “car service” car to go to JFK. Before I left her > standing alone on the sidewalk in front of her hip industrial-style loft in > a beginning-to-gentrify neighborhood, where Ridgewo” >

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  3. Thank you, Gayle. I loved it all, especially about holding contradictions without “holding my breath” and about speaking up and listening. . .not necessarily in that order. Reminded me of a friend’s FB post and resulting conversation, which at the risk of monopolizing this “reply space”, I’m copying below.

    Ed writes: “I traveled from San Francisco to Atlanta today. As I was packing my bag this morning I committed to talking to everyone I met today about the importance of Black Lives Matter and the work that they are doing. I began with the driver who took me to the airport this morning and ended just now with the woman who checked me into the hotel. I spoke with the woman who made my sandwich at the airport, the guy who took my bags, the stewardess, the people I sat next to on the plane. Everyone. It felt good to take some action; I encourage you all to do it. We’ve all been talking to each other about these issues; now let’s talk to strangers. As we used to say in the early days of AIDS activism: Each One Teach One!”

    And then in response to friends who asked: “How do you do that? I don’t know what to say” and other words to that effect, he added this:

    “I asked everyone I met today, “How are you doing?” Not just hello. Some said they were fine; some said they weren’t okay. Most asked me how I was, in return, and I said things like “I want to talk to everyone I meet today about what’s happening on the streets, in our communities.” I found that almost everyone is aware of Dallas, Minnesota and Baton Rouge. People want to talk about it.

    “I spoke to an African American woman who told me she’s worried about her two sons; she said she and her husband have decided not to have another child until they see where all this is going. I asked almost everyone if they were hopeful; it was about a 50-50 response rate. I asked if people felt we were on the brink of a change. I asked if they were aware of the importance of what BLM is calling for. I spoke to a young African-American man who said there needs to be more accountability on all sides, an older white woman who was so upset that the cop in Minnesota shot into a car with a child in the back seat. I spoke about Bernie’s suggestion to have every police-related shooting rise to the level of an outside investigation.

    “People want to talk about this, all of it, the way we all do to each other here. The best part of talking to strangers about how they are, where they stand, what they believe is that it’s something we can all do.”

    I learned from Ed that to cross the great divide, I need to learn not what to say, but what to ask. That’s what I need to practice.

    Thanks again for this post. I think it’s something I can send to people without worrying about which “side” they are on. That says a lot.

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  4. Ah, excellent. Thank you for posting Ed’s post. I love that you learned “not what to say, but what to ask.” Listening. Kwan Yin. Yes, before speaking. Thanks Anita for adding all this to the conversation. xo

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  5. As always, I’m loving your thoughts and how you’re writing them. Sorry we missed a visit but WOW SO HAPPY FOR ANNA and the several new people she’s bringing into your life too. Love, M

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  6. Loved all you had to say. If people keep speaking their truth then we can possibly change the dialog. Waking up to a new attack in France and Trump ahead in the polls is disheartening, but the opposite of hope is despair and I refuse to go there if only for the future of our children. Thank you for speaking your truth and sharing. By the way, I love the mash-up. They are seriously good and I am so proud of Anna! How fun to meet the rest of the group. Love you.

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    1. Thank you Terri. Yes! Refusing to go to despair by adding our voices to the chorus calling for a beautiful kind future for all our children. Love you too. xo

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