This morning I woke early, before anyone else in my home, to prepare for my day. The first thing on my agenda being different from my norm, I felt I needed a little more prep then the "shoes on, out the door" of some typical mornings.
You see, last Friday, the group I work with, The Alliance Against Poverty, was contacted for commentary on the effects of the LRT on the affordable housing situation in the area. Per chance, I ended up speaking to a very kind reporter via phone, on the topic. Subsequently, I was asked to join radio show host Craig Norris too discuss the topic Monday AM on his show, The Morning Edition. So this was not a normal morning for me.
I arrived early to settle in, first sitting outside for a few minutes to calm my nerves. Oddly enough, for years I have held a fear of public speaking, preferring to stay in the background. In an effort to overcome this, I have been pushing myself to speak up. In a sense you could say this website is even a form of that.
I entered a few minutes early to say hello and orient myself. Joe Pavia, Reporter/Editor, met me and kindly settled me in. After some more introductions, and some pre-show conversation, with host Craig Norris, we recorded the segment. The link to the radio segment is gone but HERE is the article that followed.
Why we need to talk openly?
There are so many facets of our community that can best be addressed through communal discussion . To best initiate resolving barriers individuals face, I feel we need to begin frank, yet respectful discussion, in hopes of gaining better insight into the various perspectives that shape our community.