Jody Meacham has taken up freelance writing after a 33-year career as a full-time journalist at newspapers in North Carolina and California, including the Silicon Valley Business Journal, San Jose Mercury News, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte News and Asheville Citizen-Times. He reported from seven countries, mostly about sports, from NASCAR racing to the Olympics. His favorite things to write about were the societal and business aspects of sports rather than the games themselves. “I’m fascinated by what different people share in common,” he said. He’s lived in San Jose, California, since 1985. Website:

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June 2, 2021

One mother’s quest to unite a community

When a playground divided her family, this mom designed one herself, with kindness and inclusion in mind. In the process, she addressed the real needs of kids and parents striving to create a society that wants to play together.