A new year has begun; a fresh start. And the holidays are behind us for another season. I’m reminded, after many conversations around the dinner table with friends and family, that we remain quite a divided country.

I grew up in a red state (or at least a very red county) and now live in a blue state. I have never been a big fan of primary colors – they are harsh to me. Now, purple – a secondary color, and mix of those two primaries – is one I can live with…

Can we all agree to consider the benefits of secondary colors as we listen to our loved ones and their opinions? I, for one, enjoy learning about different sides of controversy in order to form my own thoughts as an individual.

Benjamin Franklin started a club as a young man with colleagues and friends called the Junto, meant to encourage debate without argument, passion without anger. In this era of technology, I think we could all use a little more old-fashioned, face-to-face Junto in our lives.