- August 30
- I have conservative values: I want to conserve things like our traditions of self-government, liberty, justice, religious freedom, voting rights, Medicare and Social Security, good public schools, clean air and water, sustainable management of our national resources, and safe communities.
Because I do not want to sacrifice those things to increase the profits and power of international banks and oil companies, most would call me a liberal.
Also blogging at karenmckim.wordpress.com
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Karen McKim's Links
I spent last Friday afternoon feeling the weight of democracy in my hands. The voice of the people was handed to me in half-inch-thick stacks of 50 petitions demanding the recall of our governor. Approximately 50,000 hours of data entry are needed for the more than a million signatures turned in… Read full post »
The first steps in conflict-resolving communication often involve disguising or feigning certain emotions—that is, insincerity. None of the experts (at least in the methods I’ve studied so far) explicitly uses the term 'insincere,’ but that’s the way it feels before you&… Read full post »
These are the books and other resources I've found helpful so far in learning about interpersonal political communication. I intend to update and add to this list as my study progresses.
Please let me know, in the comments section, about any other books or resources you can recommend.
Political mess… Read full post »
My nephew, a soldier who identifies as a devout Christian, was posting pro-war messages on Facebook. His words and photos revealed that he was eagerly anticipating the joy of seeing action and engaging in camaraderie with his buddies during their Excellent Adventure in Iraq.
At around the same time… Read full post »
A single exchange of political speech with family or friends rarely creates a sudden, major change of heart for either participant. However, a single exchange can have a small effect and might lay the groundwork for later movement.
One of my younger sisters commemorated Memorial Day 2010 with a Face… Read full post »
“Forty states have passed voter-suppression laws since the 2008 elections, but yours in Wisconsin are the worst,” Sandy told us—nothing we didn’t already know. Representing Organizing for America (OFA, Obama’s campaign), she was giving a presentation to a Sunday afternoo… Read full post »
I had stopped by the Occupy encampment in Madison, Wisconsin several times in the past few weeks to participate in a march or to drop off sidewalk chalk or a donation. I had not until Saturday night participated in a General Assembly. I’m going to continue to donate chalk and ten-dollar… Read full post »
I first heard the term ‘tipping point’ several years ago when I saw a science professor stand a book upright and tap it lightly. It rocked and returned to its upright position. This illustrated equilibrium, he said. Then with a tap not visibly harder, the book teetered and fell. He had… Read full post »
I'm continuing to read in interpersonal communication, in an effort to pull together 'how-to' for use in talking politics with our fellow citizens--particularly those who are in the sway of the corporate infotainment industry.
I had read about the value of questioning in persuasive communication, wh… Read full post »
“Well YOU were the one who brought it up!” My lunchtime conversational partner was irritated by my request that he define “government-run health care,” which he opposed.
"No," I said, "I didn't bring it up. I am genuinely unaware of any proposals for anything I would call 'g… Read full post »
This post contains few of my own words. Today in my quest to learn the skills of interpersonal political communication, I’m reading Parker Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy (2011), and I felt the need to share some good passages, which cannot much be improved by my comments. I… Read full post »
Synchronicity strikes again. In recent weeks, I’ve felt a growing determination to discover how we can talk politics to friends and family who do not share our views. Separately, I’d signed up for a church discussion group about Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life… Read full post »
“If you’ve been to jail for freedom, then you’re a friend of mine,” hundreds of voices sang in unison. Ben Manski, organizer of last month’s Democracy Convention, introduced speaker after speaker by noting how many times he or she had been arrested.
I share Pete Seege… Read full post »
When I felt the water soaking through my socks that drizzly Saturday afternoon, my first thought was that it couldn’t be a spill. No one had been in the kitchen since breakfast. My husband was away on a football weekend, my daughter at summer camp. My son and I had… Read full post »
This puzzling "devotion" was shared with me on Facebook. This UCC minister must have jet lag from the trip she describes, because UCC folks are not normally that crabby.
She writes that she dreads people who tell her they are spiritual but not religious; "Such a person… Read full post »
I was lost in thought, fretting about my job, on what should have been a relaxing Easter afternoon at my in-laws’ tidy home. A comment from my father-in-law about something he read in his father’s diary from the early 1900s jerked me back into the after-brunch conversation.
Today my body contains no muscle or blood. I can feel nothing but still air inside my skin. The tears come in single file, no more than one each minute. I want this stillness. I want to be so still that I halt time, make all things stop right now. I… Read full post »
The last coherent thing my mom said to me, as she slipped away into Alzheimer's, was "I hope I die soon." She said it repeatedly for a period. That was eight years ago.
A few years before that, she was a gracious woman, living a gracious life. Donating to children's charities,… Read full post »
I am so frigging tired of the word 'supernatural' that I am challenging anyone who has used the word in a disparaging way to define it.
What specifically is it that you do not believe in? Anyone who uses a word should be able to say what he or she means, particularly… Read full post »