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Hoping for collaboration among divergent views.

Notes from the campaign trail . . .

I began watching the Democratic and Republican Conventions on TV with my parents when I was a kid. And I have watched both conventions every four years throughout my life.

As an adult, I have learned to appreciate primary sources of information—and watching a convention allows us to hear what the candidates say—without the hype of the political commercials—pretty background pictures and music. Just the words work for me.

Next week, I will be watching the Republican Convention. Commentary will be forthcoming.  

And the following week, for the first time, I will be attending the Democratic Convention—as a Delegate. Commentary will reflect my personal experiences at the Convention—rather than the stuff you will see on TV.

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jane smolens August 27, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I would love to be sitting right next to you, Diane! have fun and thanks for keeping us informed!
Gerry O'Connor August 29, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Thank you, Diane -- I look forward to reading your thoughts on attending the Democratic Convention. A subtitle to this initial post of yours appears on the MB Patch home page: "Hoping for collaboration among divergent views". In light of the separatism that has so damaged our decision making processes, this encouraging subtitle has me eagerly hoping to read more on your thoughts and approach. Perhaps you can share more -- ideally before some of the extremists' words certain to surface this week unfortunately fire up the opposing extremists, such that collectively they only manage to build that wall yet higher ... ;-)


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