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The Secret Of A Good Life

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Hour 1:    From the archives:  What can we learn from how a loved one faces a life-threatening diagnosis and death? Well spend this hour with Rod Dreher who tells his sister’s story in the new book “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life” (Grand Central Publishing, 2013).

 

  • Betty Anne

    I think his sister was intolerant, and even bullied him when he wouldn’t be just like her. Getting indignant when a sibling accepts another religion, and telling him he is “crap” for discussing theology, isn’t just intolerance, it’s bullying. Even her own daughter understood what her mother was doing.

  • James Ingram

    I listened to the interview with Rod Dreher and I also read the response by Betty Ann below and I have to say the opposite is true. Rod’s sister was acting out the typical response of every college educated, big city dweller who escapes the small town only in reverse. She was bitter that (in her eyes) he forgot his roots, made himself better than others and for lack of a better term put on airs. Is this not the same reaction others have to lifestyles they do not like and to people they brand ignorant, backward or stupid? Maybe what we need is a little less finger pointing and simplistic characterizations of others and a little more universal understanding.

  • Jri3

    I listened to the interview with Rod Dreher and I also read the response by Betty Ann below and I have to say the opposite is true. Rod’s sister was acting out the typical response of every college educated, big city dweller who escapes the small town only in reverse. She was bitter that (in her eyes) he forgot his roots, made himself better than others and for lack of a better term put on airs. Is this not the same reaction others have to lifestyles they do not like and to people they brand ignorant, backward or stupid? Maybe what we need is a little less finger pointing and simplistic characterizations of others and a little more universal understanding.

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