Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From Coast to Coast, We Have Much in Common

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From Coast to Coast, We Have Much in Common

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There's been a lot of talk in the wake of the election about how "divided" we are as a nation and all the ways that we are different. Bear with me, if you will. I want to talk about some of the ways that we're the same.

I'm at the airport in Wichita, Kan., where my flight home to Las Vegas has just been delayed due to, well, whatever.

Why is not important. When is the question - as in, when will I ever get home? So far, the answer remains to be seen.

I spent the past three days in nearby Salina, where I spoke at a fundraiser for Women Helping Women, a grass-roots nonprofit group that truly and nobly lives up to its name.

I arrived at the airport an hour ago in plenty of time for the scheduled departure, only to be told the schedule had changed.

That's life, isn't it? Things change. I'm not worried.

If my flight gets canceled and I can't make it home tonight, I can always go back to Salina and somebody will take me in.

Seriously. I had all sorts of offers from people I had never met who, when they heard that I was coming to town, emailed to invite me to come to dinner or even sleep on their hide-a-bed.

If I email those folks to say I'm coming back tonight, surely one of them will offer to put me up.

Salina is that kind of town, the kind that can make a stranger - even one from Las Vegas, of all places - feel like long-lost kin.

It's a great place, warm and welcoming, even if temperatures drop into the 20s, as they did this weekend, and you have to put on everything in your suitcase to keep from stuttering.

There are lots of places like Salina. I've had similar offers of kindness wherever I've gone to speak, from California to the Carolinas, Texas to Tennessee, Nebraska, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Florida...

I spend a lot of time in airports. Wichita Mid-Continent is a perfectly nice one. But I'd rather not sleep in it tonight. …

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