FROM PORTLAND: PEOPLE TALK TO YOU HERE AND IT IS WEIRD

FROM PORTLAND: PEOPLE TALK TO YOU HERE AND IT IS WEIRD
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People talk to you here.

When you’re ordering coffee, waiting for a workout class, walking across the street.

And it’s a nice change from back home, where people scream “Who is next?” and “Keep walking!” and a whole lot of “ughhs” at you when your conversation interrupts their flow.

So perhaps that’s why I like it here so much.

People make you feel like you matter.

And not because of what you’ve accomplished but because of the handful of lines of dialogue you share before continuing on with the woes and wows of your own day.

I’m Jen Glantz. I’ve been a published writer for over 13 years, spilling my words into magazines (ranging from style to scuba diving), newspapers, websites and even this one time, a speech, for someone who didn’t speak a word of English. What drives my words, my site, my writing, is the power of relating to people. I find that many people, especially young girls, feel so alone and quite often they feel embarrassed. I want to shatter those feelings! I want them to read what I write and understand that it’s okay to be a little outside of the box, but most importantly, that it is okay to just be who they are.

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