- Beginning With Positive: I am humbled to have read the print book “We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders, A Memoir by Lindas Sarsour. At age 19, she began wearing the hijab, traditional head covering of Muslim women. She writes, “I am a first-generation Palestinian American Muslim.” Her memoir of extended family, experiencing 9/11, growing into a national leader and speaker. The chapter, “Silence Will Not Protect You” is a call for common ground and respect for all.
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- Beth is lactose intolerant. Once a week we have a McDonald’s Sauage Burrito, “one without cheese please.”Three McDonalds tell us “they come frozen, nothing we can do.” One Manager and her teenage crew never fail to say, “Of course” and somehow, they do. Leadership at the street level.
** National news, accusations, denials, loud voices and head shaking brings to mind Shakespear’s Julius Caesar script: “Cry Havoc….Let slip the dogs of war” (apologies to all dogs)
- My university in FW hosts a community resource center, staffed by faculty and business majors. The surrounding neighborhood is called Poly or Polytechnic, the streets of my youth. I hope to use my yrs. as Score Mentor, to assist residents, most young with a vision. A pay back, a wraparound of age.
** Each week more SL readers send their thoughts through the Comment card on web site. Last week’s comments were on “More Than A Memory.” Personal sharing of their own memories, of the faces, the teacher, the grandmother of all of our common lives. Moving the SL to web site makes Comments easy and quick….& I read each with gratitude.
The best way to move through the rock and roll of not always pleasant “Breaking News” would be 1) both feet on the floor/grounded, 2) filter from your own life values and culture, 3) settle yourself, be still, quiet, 4) then decide what of Breaking News to take-in, what to let pass on by, perhaps talk with/Face Time/text with trusted friend or life partner.
Roy, my own boots on the ground, filtering, deciding, talking/listening with Beth, always