Reflecting Back but Moving Forward – Martin Magee


Today, while taking a much-needed break in driving at Des Moines, Iowa, an older woman wearing an “I’m With Hillary” shirt walked up and sat at the outdoor patio to enjoy her coffee and a newspaper. Two young women spotted her and her shirt and detoured from walking inside to say hello and told her they loved her shirt. Matthew and I noticed, and gave her the “thumbs up,” which brought a smile.

The “liberal bubble” post was mainly humor. While it’s a truism that the further away you get from the major, coastal cities, the more conservative people and ideas you find, that’s not always true. We’ve seen more than a few “Hillary” lawn signs along the way, more in fact than “Trump/Pence.” Some of the ‘Middle America” Matthew and I have seen has been refreshing and inspiring. In Lincoln, Nebraska, we parked next to a truck that bore an “Equality” sticker on it.

Wyoming…Nebraska…Iowa…all have such friendly people in them.

This election has just about everyone I know shaken to the core, but this trip across the US makes me think we are far more alike in our hearts and diverse in our lives and progressing as a nation than we realize.

About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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