Put down roots. Have dinner.

It’s been quite a while since a PeaceMeals update.

2017 has been quite a year. Where to even begin? I moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and am learning more about putting down roots (again) and being present in one place for a while. Baltimore has the best lessons to teach about modern neighborliness across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic barriers. I have found incredible generosity and welcome from my neighbors, as well as fear, violence, and trauma that pulses in a city like Baltimore. Between the cracks wildflowers grow.

Before much else was unpacked, the first purchase in my new home was a beautiful, long farm table. Created by a woman-owned business that sources reclaimed wood from the condemned buildings of Baltimore via a nonprofit that gives second chances to those with employment obstacles. This table is a symbol of what I hope for my time in Baltimore, for PeaceMeals, and for our nation in the fraught time.

I have held a few PeaceMeal-type meals around this area, including in Washington, D.C. I’m looking forward to seeing how I can foster deeper community around the table, and help folks tap in to their best lives by becoming more aware of the beauty and grace around us, and of the renewal that is open to us if we have reached the end of ourselves. I am also interested in bringing more people together who have never had the opportunity to speak to someone so different from themselves. If you’re interested in hosting a meal, contact me and let me know.

May dinner with neighbors and with strangers be our act of resistance and our renewal. 

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