It makes me grateful for this Okie area I grew up in, even though I hated it then and wanted to get away. It teaches you that not everyone thinks the way you think. It’s a good thing to learn as a journalist that most people are not like the cultural elite in the newsroom. It’s so easy to shock journalists. If you have a different opinion, they’re shocked.
Cathy Seipp said this once, and I couldn’t help but think of it as I watched reactions to a few recent events flare across media (social and otherwise) over the past several days. Wish you were still here, my friend.