It’s time to rethink what creeping cultural and economic norms such as HOA-governed communities are doing to our neighborhoods, our neighbors, and ourselves.
So much of today’s rhetoric about community building has to do with creating spaces where people can gather. But the truth is that each of us has just such a space right in our own kitchen, living room, or back porch. We just have to find the courage and resolve to invite people in.
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.
When it comes to connecting, the smallest of interactions can yield big results.
I lost my home, my community, my career, my confidence, my place in the world, my sense of purpose, and even my idealism—all in the first six months of 2015. And as I started to orient myself gently in the direction of healing, I made one commitment. I would follow my intuition, no matter where it led.