Listen to the people you don’t agree with.
Include people you don't agree with.
Eat with people you don’t agree with.

I don’t mean extremists, Nazis, fascists, etc. But neighbors & community members w different experiences & backgrounds that shape their perspectives.

You may discover there’s plenty you do agree on after all.
Don’t let Twitter & social media be the only place you interact with people on “the other side.”

That’s where bots & trolls actively work to widen the spaces between us. 4/
I spend a lot of time w good folks in ag & across the food system. Men & women who represent a vast spectrum of political perspectives, religions, backgrounds & experiences.

By working together, food gets to our plates. So we need each other, even when we don’t agree. 5/

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30 Jun
Your votes overwhelming support a thread about The Science of Kissing. So let's get to it. 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Kissing:

1) Our lips are the body’s most exposed erogenous zone. Unlike in other animals, human lips are uniquely everted, meaning they purse outwardly.
2) Kissing is about more than bacterial exchange or romance. Our 1st experiences w love & security often involve lip pressure & stimulation through nursing or bottle feeding. This lays down neural pathways in a baby’s brain that later associate kissing w positive emotions.
3) Even Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology, was fascinated by kissing across cultures. He discussed what he observed in his 1872 book The Expression of the Emotions in Man & Animals, concluding that the drive for humans to “kiss” in some form appears to be innate.
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6 Mar
I keep seeing articles bemoaning a "baby bust" due to declining birth rates.

But they all seem to miss a big part of the story. All around the world fertility rates are ⬇️ except in parts the world where health conditions are poor & child mortality is high. 1/
When women have access to family planning, healthcare including antibiotics & vaccines, an education & the ability to have a career, we often opt to have fewer children.

Declining birth rates = more women making our own choices. 2/
Also, while I don't buy the "population bomb" alarmism that Earth has reached some arbitrary human carrying capacity (it's not about total # of ppl, but how we collectively use & waste resources), I'll add that less pressure on the planet's limited resources isn't a bad thing. 3/
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We cannot begin to recover from the #COVID19 pandemic unless we enact policies that support women. 1/…
Women are being forced out of the workforce during this pandemic at much higher rates than men. Single mothers have been hurt most. 2/
Keeping women in the workforce benefits everyone. Study after study demonstrates that equity & diversity in the workforce translates to better decisions & higher profits. 3/
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17 Jan
Anyone else frustrated by the majority of Phil Spector articles being published about his death?

Most writers seem to express that he was a pretty amazing guy, who unfortunately happened to murder a woman & what a shame it marred his legacy. 🤔
Headline @people below. Down the page: “Throughout the marriage, Phil Spector subjected Ronnie to psychological torment before she escaped. "I thought I was going to die”

This, before he killed a woman.

Why are journalists celebrating this guy? “Lousy” isn’t the word I’d use.
And don’t get me started on everything wrong w @RollingStone. “A legacy marred by murder?”

Seriously? It’s 2021.
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Did you know Monopoly was invented by a woman named Elizabeth Magie in 1903? She created board games to express her political beliefs.

Originally called ‘The Landlord’s Game,’ it was designed as a protest against the big monopolists of her time like Carnegie & Rockefeller. 1/
The Landlord’s Game was intended to show that an economy rewarding wealth creation is better than one where monopolists work w few constraints.

It demonstrates how families build wealth & amass fortunes. There were diff versions before Parker Brothers released theirs in 1935. 2/
Monopoly aside, you should know more about Elizabeth Magie.

Her father, James Magie, was a abolitionist & newspaper publisher who traveled w Abraham Lincoln around Illinois. He introduced Elizabeth to Henry George’s best-selling 1879 book, “Progress & Poverty.” 3/
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Many friends & neighbors think I’m overly cautious w #COVID19. But my experience w hospitalization has profoundly shaped how I view this threat.

In 2009 I almost died bc of an anesthesiologist’s error during a straightforward cyst removal in the hospital. 1/
I aspirated during surgery & woke up literally coughing up lung tissue.

I couldn’t breathe.

I was by myself in the recovery area, still hooked up to beeping monitors & scared. And at first no one noticed my 02 levels crashing. 2/
I had expected to be home that evening, but landed in the hospital for a week w aspiration pneumonia.

They pumped me w loads of antibiotics & for the first time I had allergic reactions to several. They checked my lungs a lot. Continually scanned me for clots. 3/
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