It’s kind of amazing what happens when we go into conversations focused on how we’re going to listen rather than what we’re going to say. I learned a lot. Our political system is kinda broken and the greatest casualties are the many of us who are somewhere in the middle, politicians included. There is more to a story than the black and white lines of Yay or Nay votes. You can disagree on how to best fix a problem and still both care very deeply for the people affected by it. It’s easy to throw a political identity out with that dirty bathwater but it’s a lot harder to do the same with a very real person with whom you’ve sat across a table from drinking coffee and eating omelets.