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Plus, a poetic surprise at the end.
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📣 We dare you to 'Listen Courageously'

Plus, a poetic surprise at the end.

It’s Thursday. 

Today we’re starting off with a big question: Have we as a society forgotten how to listen? And what can we do about that?

We’re working on solving that by partnering with Listen Courageously — and you can be a part of it. Listen Courageously combines an award-winning film with transformative virtual workshops on the power of empathic listening. We’re teaming up with our sister publications to host one of those workshops on May 13 — here’s how to get your ticket.

We’ll gather (virtually!) with readers from our sister publications across the nation in Orlando, Seattle, Miami, and Pittsburgh. The goal? To become more aware of our listening blocks, so that we can better engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to mutual respect and understanding.

Keep reading to learn more about the event and the woman behind the film. (P.S. Bridgeliner Unabridged members get 20% off — scroll to the member section for a discount code.) 

Our Bridgeliner Unabridged members are also finishing this week’s I Spy challenge — Bridgeliner Bragging Rights™️ are on the line. Wanna join the fun? Become a member today.

Let’s go to press. 

👂 Dare to “Listen Courageously”

Join us to learn (or re-learn) how to listen to others in our event this May. (📸: Courtesy of Listen Courageously)

Juliana Tafur appreciates the importance of storytelling. As a journalist, she spent years traveling the world, documenting and eventually broadcasting the stories of others. 

Now, she is inviting people to reimagine the way we communicate with one another using those same principles.

“Sharing stories is so powerful because it allows us to see something in someone that we never saw before,” Tafur says. She’s spent the last few years working on List(e)n, a documentary that attempts to untangle the division and polarization that’s come to define American life. The film takes subjects with opposing views on hot-button topics — ranging from gun control and immigration to abortion — sits them down with one another, and invites them to speak their mind.

But more importantly, List(e)n asks both viewers and participants to abide by its title. The movie refrains from casting judgment or painting its speakers in a negative light. Instead, it recognizes that we all share a common humanity, and that personal perspectives — no matter how controversial — are born out of lived experiences and how we process them. In other words, the stories we tell ourselves.

List(e)n wound up having a transformative effect on both those in front of and behind the camera. (📸: Courtesy of Listen Courageously)

“The objective is to have people, through storytelling, understand others,” Tafur says of the film’s mission statement. “When we really focus on our differences on the basis of gender, socioeconomic status, race, and sexual orientation… it gives people who have been impacted by their identities in a different way share, and for others who have never heard a story like that to be touched and have their eyes opened.”

List(e)n wound up having a transformative effect on both those in front of and behind the camera. By creating a formal, non-judgmental space for folks to make themselves heard, the movie managed the seemingly impossible task of making people diametrically opposed to one another not only find common ground, but gain a meaningful understanding of why those they perceive as “other” might feel the way that they do.

And that’s exactly why we’re partnering with the List(e)n team to host Listen Courageously - From Coast to Coast. We’ll gather (virtually!) with readers from our sister publications across the nation in Orlando, Seattle, Miami, and Pittsburgh. The goal? To become more aware of our listening blocks, so that we can better engage in heart-centered conversations that lead to mutual respect and understanding.

For the rest of our interview with Tafur, follow this link.

Sound like something you’re into? Be sure to join us for a powerful evening in May.

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Today

✨ Cheer on local youth poets at Virtulandia, a virtual poetry slam championship (Online)

🍿 Get your popcorn ready for the Lunafest film festival with Girls on the Run (Online)

🍅 Learn about different tomato varieties with Dennis’ 7 Garden Centers (Online)

Friday

🌳Celebrate nature with the City Nature Challenge (Greater Portland / Vancouver area)

Monday

🛁 Make your own DIY non-toxic cleaning supplies (Online)

Tuesday

🎨 Paint some watercolor birds with Portland’s Salty Water Art (Online)

Thursday, May 6

😺 Join the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon on a mission to help cats at the annual Furball (Online)

🙋 One more thing …

Bathed in that neon glow. | Tag #bridgeliner to be featured here. (📸: @gvspvr)

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. 

Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. How can you celebrate it? Take some time to memorize one of your favorite poems (you’ll have my UTMOST respect if you decide to tackle Rime of the Ancient Mariner) and share it with your friends. Or better yet, haul out a pen and paper, and put down your own prose. 

If you’re needing inspiration, may I recommend “Downtown Portland Pre-Pandemic” by local poet Susan Moore? It goes as follows:

“Jake's on the corner where I always plan to stop for breakfast but never do. 

Signs flashing don't walk, pedestrians clipped by cyclists, cyclists clipped by cars, disposable coffee cups on the sidewalk, graffiti scrawled on a gone-out-of-business store window. Crows that blanket the sky with their voices. 

The crow inside me that doesn't answer when I call, the crow inside me that never shuts up. 

The lipstick colors I only wear downtown — rose velvet, spiced poppy, berries in the snow.

The coffee shop across from the library, the coffee shop started by a Nike shoe designer, the hotel coffee shop with pink couches and antique tables where Perrin hands me a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of champagne. 

We laugh about teaching. Students! Their feelings!

The restaurant on the corner by the library that plays music that spills onto the sidewalk. 

The library, the library, the library. 

The diner behind the library where Mary and I have lunch and sigh about making art.

The hole in the ground as wide as a city block where workers behind a fence are building a Ritz Carlton. 

The people that gather in front of the fence and watch. 

Talking with Kevin in the aisles at Powell's. Small press poetry, rock star memoirs, the line to sell books. The starlings, the dogs on leashes, the people sleeping in entryways. The sky grey, blue, then grey again.”

For more pandemic poetry from local artists, check out this beautiful article from Oregon Public Broadcasting. 

That’s all for today — we’ll see you back here tomorrow. 

-Cassie at Bridgeliner

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