COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

I'm not much of a baker.  I LOVE to create homemade meals from scratch, but my homemade baking repertoire is fairly limited.  Baking requires a lot more precision and patience, and I seem to be somewhat lacking in both of those qualities.   I can probably count on one hand the amount of times that I … Continue reading COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

WHAT COMMUNITY TEACHES ME ABOUT VULNERABILITY & GRACE

"We can't be brave in the big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and falls."  ~Brene Brown   My Monday Night Girls make up one of my small, safe places.  This spring, we are reading and discussing "Rising Strong" by Brene Brown. Her prior book, "Daring Greatly" explores … Continue reading WHAT COMMUNITY TEACHES ME ABOUT VULNERABILITY & GRACE

BECAUSE SOMETIMES A PAPER PLATE IS MY BEST

Paper products and leftover spaghetti.  That was the best I could do for our community dinner last Thursday. My family hit a bit of a rough patch last week.  An array of illnesses (nothing serious, but seemingly unrelenting) temporarily sucked the vitality from my home.  I debated cancelling our weekly dinner.  But decided to enjoy … Continue reading BECAUSE SOMETIMES A PAPER PLATE IS MY BEST

CREATING COMMUNITY IN SMALL SPACES

In this article link Fabian Pfortmüller, Co-founder at Holstee, writes about what he has learned about building true, genuine, and deep relationships through the practice of hospitality - even if you live in a very small space. His article is a beacon of light into the question of how to feel less in the shadow of loneliness, … Continue reading CREATING COMMUNITY IN SMALL SPACES

COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS

Earlier this week I shared a post about the community of people who were My People when I was a teenager working as ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  If you missed it, you can read that post here.  During that time I learned a lot about developing community, even though it just seemed … Continue reading COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS

WHAT A TEENAGE RIDE OPERATOR LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY

Throughout my teenage years I spent every summer working as a ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain in my hometown of Santa Clarita, California.  My fondest memories from the summers of 1988-1992 are not with friends I knew from school, they are with the friends that I got to know while working at a … Continue reading WHAT A TEENAGE RIDE OPERATOR LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY