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Having meaningful conversations with people we care about who disagree with you about politics is hard.

It can feel like a concession to something you hate, or even like giving up a part of yourself to just sit calmly and listen to someone explain their point of view. It can boil the blood and fire up a fight-or-flight reflex. But if we can’t have civil conversations with people we care about in hopes of changing their minds, how can we hope to change culture at large?

In this piece I offer the pattern I try to keep to when talking about politics. Often our politics come from our past, our upbringing and our emotions. Before we can change anyone’s mind, we first must change the way we talk to each other, filling our dialogue with more compassion and imagination.

During the summer, dappled sunlight transports me back in time. Here’s how.

Suddenly I’m 13 again, waiting for my mom to pick me up from swim practice

I say ‘I’m sorry’ way too much. I’m refusing to do so anymore — and I challenge other women to do the same.

Refusing to over-apologize doesn’t make women rude

I work as an art tutor for high schoolers. The way they choose to portray female bodies is deeply worrying.

It’s easy to help students with skills — but more difficult to change their perceptions of beauty