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On civility

August is Civility Month, and it is a great time to take a moment to practice disagreeing without being disagreeable. Are you comfortable having conversations with people who disagree with you? Do you know how to find ways to start tricky conversations respectfully? Do you wish you knew how to stay civil without feeling you are giving up your beliefs or opinions?

During this past legislative session I heard a lot about civility and decorum. Usually it was someone being aghast that someone else said “that thing” in a legislative committee, or on the floor of the House or Senate (as if we don’t...


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