My father was an American History and Literature professor. We listened to departmental politics over supper every night for years. Only years later, did it strike me that it was an all boys club. Small irony that many years later when I succumbed to the gravitational pull of education and started working in a rural Maine elementary school, I was the only guy in a staff of strong and established women. But that was elementary school, and the principal was a man even if he wasn’t round much. The messages are strong and entrenched but nothing is as important as ensuring the diversity of voice and the openness of mind to hear them. The problems we face cannot and will not be solved by listening to the same voices, they are the creators of the mess that needs fixing. Thank you for such a clear, compelling, and personally honest account. ben

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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