Dear Annabella,

I liked your article!

What I try to do, is ask people simple questions, too. Really, like, “Why do you like orange juice?” “Why are you a republican (or a Democrat)?” “Why are you Jewish?/Christian?/Muslim?” “Why do you think it’s wrong to eat meat?/honey?” Basically, I am asking why they believe the things they believe. If they can explain it to me, cool, I am happy to listen to opposing view points & maybe even learn something. The only answer I do not accept is,”Because my parents were.” Otherwise, simple questions are absolutely the best & I’ve had terrific (for the most part) conversations. Although I have also been met with blank stares for some very basic question.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.