I love my life. My passion for politics has made for an extraordinary professional journey looking at life's most intimate issues -- how we come to and leave our physical life and how we find love in between. It is challenging to communicate life's most complex moments in ways that allow people to move through their own fear or preconceived notions, find facts in the midst of misinformation and heated rhetoric, and move to a place of informed political decision. It is impossible to divorce these issues from a discussion of morality, and how we each define that differently, based in part on where and how we grew up and what our own life experiences taught us along the way.
To meet this challenge, personally and professionally, I've relied on an internal compass: faith.
Many people are turned off by any discussion of spirituality, especially liberals, and with good reason. Dogmatic religion is too often used as a bludgeon against people who believe differently, or as a political tool by those willing to say or do anything to gain the slightest electoral edge.
These issues -- birth, love, spirituality, death -- are where the personal becomes political for many, and often where the political becomes far too personal. In many ways the intensity of people's passions on social issues gets in the way of other policy debates. These are the issues on which I've honed my skills as a strategic thinker and communicator; they are grist for my writing mill as I make sense of my own path, reflect on my connection to something beyond my five known senses, and honor the diversity of people, experiences and beliefs that shape this moment in history.
Some advise, "Write a blog to share your personal views," and others suggest, "Create a website so people can find you professionally."
Can they exist on one site? The personal and the professional? The political and the spiritual? Can we talk about who we are as part of why we do what we do, believe what we believe, without trying to persuade others we or they are right or wrong?
I'm about to find out.
Your patience as I build the site (gradually), take chances, make mistakes, and learn something new today I didn't know yesterday, is greatly appreciated. Some might even call it a blessing.