“The Power of Words” was the topic at the SpokaneFāVS Coffee Talk, which took place online on Aug. 1.
- Former Spokane NAACP President Phil Tyler
- Rev. Melissa Opel, of the Spokane Buddhist Temple
- SpokaneFāVS Board Secretary and columnist Elizabeth Backstrom
- Emily Willet, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA, LMHC)
Here’s a list of recommended reading from today’s Coffee Talk:
- Painting With Words: How We Can Mean More Than What We Say: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/202007/painting-words-how-we-can-mean-more-what-we-say
- The Oatmeal: The Backfire Effect https://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe
- “The Big Sort” by Bill Bishop
- “Bowling Alone” by Robert Putnam
- “Coming to Public Judgment” by Daniel Yankelovich
Stay tuned to SpokaneFāVS.com for info on our next event!
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.