Check On Your Neighbor: Dee Davis checks in with actor Bob Wisdom

In this week’s edition of #CheckOnYourNeighbor, Dee Davis, President of the Center for Rural Strategies, checks in on Robert Wisdom, Actor and member of the Rural Strategies board. 

A note from Dee Davis:

“Robert Wisdom and I became friends in the early eighties. We had the improbable job of hosting a national media conference in Whitesburg, Kentucky, a town of 1,500. Bob went on to act in film and television, including the HBO series, The Wire. On this episode of Check On Your Neighbor we recall our year together in Whitesburg, discuss his acting career, and reflect on events surrounding the George Floyd killing.”

Have you found yourself wondering how an old friend or acquaintance is doing during this remarkable, uncertain time in our nation?
We would like you to join us in checking on our neighbors. It’s easy to participate.

  1. Choose someone you don’t talk to often and reach out over phone, email, facebook, or text. It could be a friend from college, a neighbor down the street, an old colleague. 
  2. Ask them some questions. Try one or two of these: How is today different than a month ago? How is this situation affecting your work? How are you keeping your spirits up? What do you or the people in your work need right now? Or simply ask, how are you doing? Ask them to send you a photo that illustrates their current life. 
  3. Send us a few sentences (or a few paragraphs!) below about what you heard in your conversation. Not sure what to share? Check out some examples from checking in with our neighbors here.
  4. Ask them to pay it forward and check in with their neighbor. Send them the link to this page so they can send us some information on their conversation.

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