Tag: Entertaining

The Consummate Host

March 29, 2019

I’ve always wondered about the use of that word, “consummate,” especially its pairing with the word “host.” To the extent it implies perfection, I can’t make a claim to it. But given that its primary meaning as a verb is “to bring something to completion,” I’ve decided it just might fit.

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March 14, 2019

One of the biggest challenges in hosting people in your home is finding ways to keep the conversation engaging. This month I’m exploring different conversation tools to help my guests move past small talk and experience a deeper sense of connection as they gather.

About Project Reconnect

What is it about our culture, habits, and daily lives that makes it so hard to feel connected, enmeshed in supportive community, and whole?

I started Project Reconnect in 2019 to experiment with very personal and local ways to challenge and change the hyper-individualism that has created a crisis of loneliness and social fragmentation in America. As I have reviewed my pre-pandemic writing, I’ve been astonished at how resonant it feels as we look to a post-Covid future.

And so, Project Reconnect continues—under circumstances that make experiencing deep connection feel more challenging and elusive than ever. Today my ambitions are humbler, my approach a bit gentler, and my starting point more vulnerable, more raw. Indeed, what felt like an urgent endeavor in 2019 feels like a burning fire of need in 2021—both personally and collectively.

So join me–let’s reconnect.