I'm Spiritual, Dammit

Real friendships survive political differences

I had a talk the other night where I interviewed Richard Roeper at the Wilmette Theater.  Rich is pretty vocal in his column about his liberal beliefs- which is why I was surprised when my very Republican friend Ann said she wanted to come and meet him.


"I read his column everyday," she said.

"But he's so.....liberal!" I said

"Just because he's liberal doesn't mean I can't like him," she said.  "I think he's a really smart, funny writer.  I might not agree with his politics, but I enjoy his other columns.  He's hilarious."

Here's a concept you don't see too often; someone who judges another by their talent and abilities- and not by who they voted for.  


Ann is one of my closest friends.  She reads more books than anyone I know.  She plays bridge.  She loves her family.  She knows more about the Chicago Blackhawks than most men.  She and I might be on opposite ends of the political spectrum, but it doesn't mean we can't be buddies.  Anytime the topic comes up- she genuinely hears my arguments.  I hear hers.  And at the end of it all- we may totally disagree-  but we still share a bottle of Chardonnay.

A true friend is one who is there for you- regardless of who you vote for.  This is the sign of an enlightened being.

And I don't know about you, but I'm doing my very best to try to be more enlightened. 

Which is really hard in this day and age.  But I'm still giving it my best.

Hope you are too. 




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