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Reader Profile - Jane Lamensdorf-Bucher
As a special projects coordinator for King County, Jane Lamensdorf-Bucher focuses on salmon recovery and water quality.
“I like working for something I feel passionate about,” she says. “I also am lucky to work with some very smart and caring people who have good values.”
After many heart-to-heart conversations with Jane, I know the Real Change mission resonates strongly with her. She often buys more than one copy of the newspaper per week. I suspected she leaves copies in inconspicuous places, gently disseminating the Real Change message.
One day I asked about her habit of purchasing multiple copies. Her compassionate response brought me to tears.
She replied that under unfortunate circumstances the tables could be turned. “I could be you,” she told me.
Let’s hear a bit more about Jane.
How long have you been reading Real Change?
I’ve been reading Real Change for many years. When I heard about it and saw vendors, I started buying the paper. And then I kept on buying it when I understood the mission and also found good articles that I didn’t see anywhere else.
Do you think there is a solution to ending homelessness?
If we could all admit that any of us could be homeless should the wrong or unlucky circumstances occur, then we might have more compassion towards those who are homeless. If about two million people live in King County and each gave just a paltry $20 a year that would be a good start. Mental health treatment must be made readily available and the stigma removed. We have to get over our fear of people who have mental illness and realize it is no different than having a broken leg or heart condition.
Do you think there is a solution to ending economic inequality in our society?
Sadly, no. But it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying. Unfortunately, humans seem to need to feel superior by looking down on others.
Do you have a favorite writer or column from Real Change?
Other than Tricia Sullivan, I also like Rosette Royale. His articles are well-written, and there is a certain whimsy when he writes the calendar. Timothy Harris also has a way with words.
Do you have a favorite quote or inspirational mantra that you live by?
Here are two from Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The time is always right to do what is right.” And “Silence is betrayal.”
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Yoga, walking, swimming and/or biking, reading, hanging out with my sweetie and my dogs.
What is the last book you read or are reading?
One recent find is, “We Are Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler. It is a novel related to how we treat (or mistreat) other intelligent creatures.
If you were a rock star or musician who would you be?
It would be great to be able to sing like Janis Joplin or Adele. That’s what I sound like in the car by myself with the radio on and the windows rolled up tight. [Laughs.]
CommentsPlease tell Jane that the above was read by her distant-ish cousin, Beth lebow. It is wonderful to read she is well and doing good things for others and the environment!
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