8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE

STEP 1: INVITE! Step 1 is not cleaning your house, redecorating your dining room, or taking a cooking class. It is simply inviting one, two, or ten people to your home whom you’d like to know better.  Preparing a place for loved ones at your table begins with being willing to let people see you, … Continue reading 8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE

ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS

Today I hosted a bridal shower for one of my Monday Night Girls.  She is also a young woman who I absolutely adore. Colorful flowers in mason jars decorated my patio, beautiful china was set on the table, and champagne flutes were filled with fresh fruit and sparkling Prosecco.  It was a delightful afternoon of … Continue reading ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS

BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

"I can't believe that you let me sign your table the first time I came to your house for dinner.  I'm surprised that you don't want to be sure that I'm going to come back." "Of course!" I replied, "Everyone who shares a meal with us at our table is invited to sign it regardless … Continue reading BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

HELP FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

A significant part of what I do in practicing hospitality with a community of young adults is blessing and sending them into the next chapter of their story. Every time someone who attends our community dinners moves away - we go around the circle at our table and everyone speaks an affirmation over the member … Continue reading HELP FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION