Listeners of a certain age will recall a popular war-on-drugs campaign that featured the tag line, Just Say No. It began several decades ago when former First Lady Nancy Reagan uttered the phrase while visiting an Oakland, California elementary school, when Mrs. Reagan advised a schoolgirl how to respond if offered drugs. But beneath what may seem like a throwaway cliche is a powerful message about how all of us respond to life's temptations, whether they're constructive and appealing or downright sinister. As we hear from Nancy Kirsch, saying no is one thing; taking the time to explore the alternative -- just say yes -- is quite another.
Nancy Kirsch has worked as a lobbyist, corporate lawyer and, most recently, as editor of The Jewish Voice, the newspaper of record for Rhode Island’s Jewish community. An award-winning writer, she is engaged in freelance work. Kirsch lives in Providence.