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Krista and Staff,
I catch your show for about 10-15 minutes while driving on Sunday morning. I plan on listening to today's show on the podcast as it spoke to me in many ways. I am a special education teacher and have experienced the human dynamic of what I refer to as "demonizing" groups who do not share your same beliefs, needs, or concerns. I am guessing it is a regular occurence for administrators and teachers to be at odds, for teachers to be at odds with various groups of parents, etc. I have thought the saying "absence makes the heart grow founder" is quite often not the case. It is the face to face contact on a regular basis, the active listening, and the true desire to put yourself in the other person's shoes which develop trust and real solutions.

On a separate note, I write and perform music as a hobby and recently co-wrote a song called "Sorry Don't Change the Weather". Born of the frequency of the use of the word sorry without any meaningful change in behavior.
Lyrics below.

Raised me well all these years
Watched many sunsets disappear
Played you like a wishing well
But still you steered me clear
Now you stare with dying eyes
As autumn trees begin to cry
Kneeling down in front of you
I apologize
I apologize

Sorry don't
Sorry don't
Sorry don't change the weather

Loved me sweet, loved me strong
Loved you bad and loved you wrong
Searching through all my fear
To find where we belong
Now you star with loving eyes
Summer winds begin to sigh
Kneeling down in front of you
I apologize
I apologize

Sorry don't
Sorry don't
Sorry don't change the weather

What the Prodigal Son never had to say
Keeps rolling off my tongue
Every single day
Every single day

Life can sting
Life can fray
Sunken ships don't sail away
With St. Peter at the gate
I wonder what he'll say
Now he stares with righteous eyes
As all my sins cloud the sky
Kneeling down in front of him
I apologize
I apologize

Sorry don't
Sorry don't
Sorry don't change the weather

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