INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION: How is it for you now and how was it back then?

During a recent conversation with some 3rd Tri’s we began to talk about how we were in our teen/hs years and the cliques we belonged to or didn’t.  


We also explored some about how we treated others who weren’t in our clique during that time.  This then led us to look at how it is for us now.  Most of us agreed we are more tolerant now of differences in age, sex, interests and possibly even political outlooks. But at the same time, we find we make friends with others our own age and with similar interests in much the same way as we always did.

Let’s take this time to explore the topic further.  How have you changed or how have you not changed when it comes to inclusion and exclusion.  Were you excluded at some point in your life and what was that experience for you?  Is it easier now for you to tolerate differences in others and what do you think may have precipitated that in your life? Is is possible you have become less tolerant and if so, why?  I bet there are some stories to tell here. We can expand this topic to explore all kinds of prejudice, and the more current controversy around bullying


It can also be interesting to discuss ways we are more or less tolerant of ourselves as well.  It seems to me as I age I find I enjoy my own company better.  And, I’m always looking for more and interesting connections with others.  How are you doing with that?

Hope to see you at this meetup.  Remember, the topic always leads to new discoveries, so come, join the conversation and let’s see what we can create out of this!

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  • Sandra O.

    That was my first meeting with you guys. Your are a great bunch. I could have said alot more but I enjoyed listening. Sandy M, you do a nice job having a comfortable setting, water, snacks and write ups to follow for the topic if discussion. Very nice! I want to come again!

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Sandy M.

      Thanks Sandra anytime

      November 12, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    Another meaty topic and the sharing was open and honest. I was very stimulated and able to see things about myself at this age that hadn't been there in my youth.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Larry P.

    Will try to make it tomorrow if even for a while. next week yes.

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Larry P.

    Sandy,I was one of the first to join your group. Never did show up. Since I have retired I have entered family drama that is nuts. I hopefully will resolve all this in the next year. new York Timesbestseller soon. Will be in town till middle of Nov.n

    November 4, 2013

    • Sandy M.

      yes, Larry I remember when you joined. So glad to hear from you again. Hope the drama subsides soon and you are also welcome to join us anytime. A writer!! wonderful!!

      November 4, 2013

  • Suzy

    Sandy, thanks for sharing the video.

    2 · November 4, 2013

  • Sandy M.

    I have sent an email to all members with this link from Maria Shriver's blog. http://mariashriver.com/blog/2013/11/this-is-my-brother-elizabeth-higgins-clark/ I wanted to include it here as well for those perusing this site. If you don't believe in serendipity you will now as I just received this link after posting our current topic. Amazing!!!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Gee-Gee

    Great topic! There is so much in the news about "hate crimes", racism and sexism, etc. Very timely.

    1 · November 1, 2013

    • Sandy M.

      I agree our voices must be heard on this as elders

      1 · November 1, 2013

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