The Politics of Generosity: Reclaiming Our Nation’s Misspent Vocabulary
Women’s Fund of Smith County collaborates and celebrates victories for women and children throughout East Texas each year. A group of WF leaders pose after the recent Power of the Purse luncheon with Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid author MIKAILA ULMER.

The Tyler Paper (God bless them) hosts a column called “Give Well.” Nonprofits share encouragement for all of us on how to make our donations count. I hope you will read the full article via the Tyler PaperIn case you’re in a hurry, here’s some highlights.

The Politics of Generosity

In the column, I discuss these three questions.

#1 Since when did it become necessary to give according to our political views? 

#2 When did political agendas start outranking pure generosity?

#3 How can folks give confidently, generously, with our community’s best interest in mind?

If we want to reclaim generosity, we better start reclaiming the words politicians and media hacks use to divide us. 

Real Definitions for Real Life

Together, Anna Krafve Pierce and I are reclaiming words like conservative, liberal, and moderate on our show, Fireside Talk Radio.

Did you know you can be liberal, conservative, AND moderate? Simultaneously. Without swaying in the political wind or lacking conviction.

“Anytime you take language out of a political arena or large bureaucratic arena and make it personal, then there’s more accountability,” explains Anna. “That’s a good thing. The word becomes more useful again, more nuanced.”

  • Liberal—Lifelong learning about the generosity of sharing oneself
  • Conservative—Lifelong learning about how to steward resources wisely to have something wonderful to share
  • Moderate—Lifelong learning to judiciously take into account others’ perspectives without compromising personal conviction.

Read the full article in the Tyler Paper. Or on my website.

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