Guest Post: The Connection Between Food and Family (Recipe included)

The Comfort of Risotto So grateful to Natalie from for sharing this guest post about the connection between family and food. What is the first food that comes to mind when you think of family? What is your signature dish? Have you thought about recording those memories and that recipe here for your posterity to enjoy? What better way...Read More

A Neighbors Table

This is amazing! A Neighbors Table. This is my dream. I will make it happen, I will, I will!! Both the article and podcast are awe-inspiring...if you're into this sort of thing. I love that Sarah is an introvert (like me!), that she has ugly orange Formica countertops (mine are an ugly blue), and that she doesn't have a lot...Read More

Time For Tea

Spring is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning a tea party--a simple, relaxing occasion perfectly designed for the creation of genuine connections. Shiloah of shares her tea party experience here:  Time For Tea Doesn't her scone recipe sound delicious?!

Safe and Happy Neighborhoods

Some time ago I sat with a city councilman and other members of the community to discuss how we might improve our neighborhoods. "We need more police presence in our neighborhoods," someone suggested right away. Most everyone agreed. I sat back in my seat and listened to their argument. When they were finished discussing the idea of increasing the police...Read More

The Secret of Hospitality

The planning of an event is always unpredictable, with unexpected twists and turns along the way, but, somehow, through means I don't fully understand, the event always turns out perfectly. The planning of a recent Fall Potluck proved no different. Case in point. The glass jug of apple cider I was excited to serve during dinner fell and shattered on...Read More

Where Do I Even Start?

Connecting with others can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be difficult. If you haven't stopped by Heather's blog at, you should. She has a beautiful way of putting words on paper--words of inspiration, healing, and hope. In her latest post she shares three simple ways to create community. Which idea might you in corporate into your life...Read More


"It was a difficult time, but it was a beautiful time." That's what she said about the time earlier this year when she nearly lost her life. It was dusk when our paths met--- she and her husband out walking the dog, my husband and I on our way to the mailbox. Neighbors for the past 16 years, we first...Read More


Not long ago, in the midst of the divisive election, came an invitation from an unknown neighbor to meet at the park and pray for our country. Our family went, unsure of what to expect, and completely unaware of the inspiring events that were about to take place. (more…)

So Much Goodness

"There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't yet met."- William Butler Yeats The Costco parking lot, as we all know, is a zoo right before Thanksgiving, and I was having the time of my life finding a parking spot for my long bed truck. Inching my way past the row of vehicles, I was forced to step on...Read More