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Civil Squared: Sitting an hour on someone else’s couch

A couple of years ago, I took a trip to Greece for my 9th wedding anniversary. As my husband and I wandered around the grounds of the Parthenon, we saw one of the local guides, a young Greek man, down on one knee, gesturing with great animation to a group of American...

Civil Squared: How and with whom do you disagree?

I am definitely a road trip kind of person. I love the uninterrupted time with friends or family, and it’s always cool to see so many different parts of this big and amazing country. Choose your own ending  Last fall, I was listening to The Braver Angels podcast when...

Civil Squared: Work as therapy

Hey, remember February of this year?   Me neither.   I mean, I know it existed, but it’s hard to remember anything that was happening before this dumpster-fire that is 2020 really got rolling. As I was thinking about Labor Day and how I could get out of doing any...

Civil Squared: Signs of our times

By now, you’ve probably experienced the proliferation of yard signs. They’re all over my neighborhood too.  On one side of my street, for instance, there is a sign I’ve seen in a lot of places, and it includes the statement “Black Lives Matter.” Recently, another sign...

Civil Squared: Fishing and politics don’t mix

Last week, the Democratic National Convention ended and yesterday the Republican National Convention started. In the midst of all this, I read an article about a small business owner in Virginia Beach that prompted me to think carefully about political affiliation and...

Civil Squared: Fair and balanced?

Can we all agree our disagreement is out of control?  Last week, I read a 2018 study in which more than 15% of respondents (from both political parties) agreed that they had, on occasion, thought, “We’d be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party...

Civil Squared: Doing our part to preserve democracy

“Is American democracy working well?” What would you say if someone asked you that question today? Would your answer be different than it was a year ago?  "America in One Room" In January, when the presidential election seemed like it would be the biggest story of...

Civil Squared: One size does not fit all

I have two teenagers who both want to go back to school in a few weeks—in a building with their friends, not on Zoom. I also have a household member who has a medical condition that puts him at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.   I’m worried about the fall,...

Civil Squared: The habits of a free mind

These comments were recently posted to one of our Facebook ads. So, which are you: fanatic or wackadoo?  I’m going to go out on a limb here and bet that you are neither.  Engaging our ideological opponents    If we can no longer reason with those who are...

Civil Squared: This is the “new normal”

Crisis fatigue   No matter how well you’ve been dealing with everything that has happened in the last four months, you could probably still use some good news, right? Me too. But, in the past ten days or so, the news has been anything but good: continuing...

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