Two Hundred Sixteen: Night In

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”  – Alice Waters

Tuesday, August 5th

The first Tuesday in August is known in the United States as “National Night Out”. The celebration was started by the National Association of Town Watch back in 1984 to let criminals know that neighbors cared about their communities, and would gather to  prevent crime on their doorsteps. For some reason, it hasn’t happened on our block.

There was some energy around organizing it this year, but we still fell through at the last  minute. Is there something about living in community (in cohousing) that lends itself to ignoring the larger circles of community? Possibly. There are a lot of demands of living closely with others – work parties, meetings, chores, meals, and the day-to-day engagement with others. There’s a reason why close-knit groups of Indigenous peoples cleaved into tribes.

There are individuals who have connections with others in our greater neighborhood, and some make the time to connect with their neighborhood events. Sometimes that’s me. But not often enough. I want to be that person that gathers our neighbors – an essential to-do for next year.

Is there something you want to do but keep failing or get pushback on?


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