These four entities are within a community which includes parts of three counties, three zip codes, and with a slight expansion, parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. I have estimated the area of this community as an West-East line from Beartree Campground to the Grayson County line as 11 miles; and a North-South line from Appalachian Trail @ Iron Mountain to NC State line as 15 miles (based on Google Maps searches) which comprises about 165 square miles. And, I add my neighbor: The Blue Ridge Discovery Center, as another "community" entity.
Obviously, I have been spending some of my inside time working on this website; however,
there are other things I need to be doing: as you just said to yourself.
Our own goals, plans, wants, wishes, desires and all the rest of our own lives seem to demand all of our attention & time.
Society is slowly removing all desire from us to help one another, as we are moving away from personal interaction, and opting for the push buttons of our many electro/techno devices (this one). Kids text each other even when in the same room. Very little conversation in restaurants these days, waiting rooms, lobbies, etc:
Community is Connecting.
Not all the time; but available all the time.
Not with everyone, every day; but some one, every day.
Maybe not face to face; but that would be nice, too.
Society is becoming chopped into smaller and small bits by the differences harped upon by every news media and special interest group.
Individuals are grouped into categories they would never personally claim; by people who don't even know them;
and then propagandized, both pro and con.
We can choose to identify with whatever we want without being coerced.
Living with the differences without the urge to change anyone/anything is a rarity these days.
Community is Acceptance.
Acceptance of the fact that, although others do things which do not really impress us as being appropriate, that's their inherent right as an individual, family, or entity (business).
Why do we make this such a huge obstacle?
So, this is my attempt to get folks in this 165 square mile area to get into Community, both experientally and existentially.
I do not expect anyone to contact me personally, but you're all welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I shall endeavor to answer each and every one.
I'm still working.... any suggestions.... email me at
Some of my thoughts on community.....
Let's get all the preachers (pastors or otherwise) together for a luncheon!
( Churches are the immediate symbols of division in our community.
Notice I said, "Symbols". Our Community is inclusive of all the churches folks
in the area attend. Working together, if only to share information, would be
Could someone teach art, music, dance, or exercise monthly?
( These four would give us a weekly excuse to participate. )
( Exhibits by the local artisans would be great! )
How about a health/nutrition expose' with samples of food?
( Seems we have several interested parties, and great cooks, around our community. )
Could we come up with a program of preventive health, self-help style?
( Taking responsibility for our own health may be the only way to survive our healthcare system. )
How about a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) garden?
Cooperative purchasing of seeds, plant production?
I'll soon have the means to start many plants.
I need to know what varieties you like and quantity needed
so I can meet the demand.....much more reasonably than the big guys.
Would someone like to start a Community Website (instead of FACEBOOK)?
Please check out NEXTDOOR (A Community based site with limited area coverage).
It can always be "linked" to FACEBOOK, should you desire.
like bees building nests, we work together; and,
our community reflects the efforts we make.
We each have contributions to make:
If you're a politician, those contributions are taxes paid.
If you're in social service (police, fire, nurse, doctor, etc), they're your livelihood.
If you're a teacher, they are your homework.
If you're a church member, they're part of your tithe.
If you're a farmer, they're part of your living.
If you work for others, they're your social security.
If you're retired, they're your pasttime.
If you're confined to home, they're your comfort.
Young, old, and everyone between are included,
not against your will, but, because:
"this is where you live".
//// I know, I'm as lax as anyone, more lax than a lot! ////
"Remapping" my world..... oops, my community.
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