Forsthoesfel : Alabama blew me away. Both fell in love and my heart fell into a blender. I saw the repercussions of slavery. My part of it. My history. Perpetrating the pain or healing…. Alabama woke me up with its generosity. It felt like coming home – “like family.” But even though you love your family, you don’t always get along with it.
Forsthoesfel: Alabama helped me fall in love with America. There is a lot of hatred and intolerance, but by listening I saw their humanity, coming from a place of love.
Forsthoesfel: Walt Whitman is my biggest influence. Also my mother. She was my teacher and mentor.
About the book and listening:
Forsthoesfel: On my journey I got to listen to thousands of people, a mother with 10 children, a cotton farmer, a racoon hunter – listening with ears tuned to the “frequency” of wisdom.”
An excerpt from Walking to Listen:
“Then he (Selma’s police chief) gave me a tour of the police station, taking me inside the jail cell where Dr. King had been incarcerated. Standing in that cell was one of the most humbling moments of my walk, getting close like that to such an important spirit. It struck me that this spirit had had a body once, just like I had a body now, hands that once touched these bars that I was touching, feet that once walked this floor. I didn’t see Dr. King’s ghost, but I did feel connected to him. It made me want to go out and do something.”
And Forsthoesfel did “do something.” In the great tradition of America’s greatest writers and their personal journeys, and by listening, he has captured within the pages of Walking to Listen, the soul of our nation.
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