Years ago, I read John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charlie, and loved the whole idea of wandering the country and meeting all kinds of people. America is a melting pot of cultures, and I’m not just talking about those brought in from other countries to enrich our nation, but geographical areas that create unique styles in clothing, food, housing, way of life. How much fun would it be to get in your car and take off just for the fun of seeing America and meeting the vast variety of people!
Well, an octogenarian did it. Marilyn Siden set out on a quest to find common ground and help our nation heal. She took voluminous notes on her journey and worked with Robynne Elizabeth Miller to bring it to you in a book: Finding Common Ground. I read it in manuscript form and thoroughly enjoyed it. We seem to be such a fractured nation right now, politics the god of our times. But that may not necessarily be so when you get right down to meeting and talking with people on their own turf. We all have a lot in common. This sweet book points those things out.
If you want a little boost of hope in these troubled times, order a copy of Finding Common Ground.