Silent Conversations explores various events from the last few decades and presents your unique perspective on them. What was the inspiration for the original and fascinating idea at the center of the book?
These poems and essays were written over a period of many years. For a long time I encouraged him to gather them together and publish a book. David wrote poetry even as a child and became interested in politics as a young man. He joined the Merchant Marine in WWII and was influenced by some older sailors who were strong union members. He chose the Merchant Marine because he wanted to serve our country but didn’t want to kill anyone.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The idea of the brotherhood of man was deeply important to David all his life. He felt kinship with all humanity, not just one race, religion, culture or whatever. David had the rare ability to listen and understand people, and could disagree without being judgmental. People could confide in him and feel safe and understood whether or not he agreed with what they said.
What is one thing that you hope readers take away from Silent Conversations?
The sense that we are all one people and must learn to get along together with respect for and enjoyment of our common humanity.
What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?
Since David died in 2011, there will be no more books from him. That makes Silent Conversations even more valuable.
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