In Seedfolks, Sam likes to spend his time "sewing up the rips in the neighborhood." What are some of the things he does that many other people never bother with? Why do you think this approach...

In Seedfolks, Sam likes to spend his time "sewing up the rips in the neighborhood."

What are some of the things he does that many other people never bother with? Why do you think this approach helps him get through to people?

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In the book, Sam is a man who tries to "patch up the whole world" the way fishermen mend rips in their nets.

He smiles at everyone he sees, something many other people never bother to do. His friendly smiles disarm others, and he is able to start conversations with them. Sam makes sure that he smiles at minorities and those who appear to be strangers from different countries. His goal is to correct the narrative about Jews and white people.

Sam starts up conversations with random strangers while he is line, on the bus, or at the cashier's counter. He especially relishes his ability to get people talking to each other. Sam enjoys inspiring a sense of camaraderie among strangers. He believes that his methods represent the best ways to combat division in his neighborhood.

Sam's approach helps him get through to people because he listens to them and doesn't judge them. When the Puerto Rican teenager he hires to till his garden wants to grow marijuana, Sam doesn't scold him. He merely steers the teenager towards a better choice, suggesting that he grow pumpkins for Halloween instead. Sam tells the teenager about the benefits of staying out of jail and how he can probably make a good profit from selling Halloween pumpkins. It is Sam's love for people that allows him to be so successful in his efforts to "patch up the whole world."

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