The big idea then, our compelling task, is ensuring that everyone has a safe place to live with dignity and at least a modicum of privacy. Human beings are designed to be social and to rub shoulders with others daily as part of normal life.
I am delighted to report genuine progress on my quest for New Community Vision to live up to its potential as the viable resource for home sharing that we desperately need. Our new mission statement — Facilitating home sharing with people who like each other captures our vision and passion. Being inside the struggle of […]
When I played musical chairs at parties as a kid and ended up without a chair, I felt like a lost outsider even though I knew it was “only a game.” Remember the game? Chairs are placed in a circle facing out, one less chair than the number of players. While music plays, everyone walks […]
The Voting Rights Act, which should be sacrosanct, is under threat. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) exists to insure free and fair elections. The commission, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats is gridlocked.
I’m delighted to publish this week’s Dispatch From a Possible Future especially because I’m reporting forward momentum! Good news#1: I (New Community Vision) have been accepted into GoodCity Chicago’s Incubator Program that started on October 8th. GoodCity supports nonprofits to hatch and sprout wings. The blog that I started in September 2008 has evolved into advocating […]
Left over baked russet potatoes are one of my favorite ingredients. This week’s stash prompted a flashback to the Bathrobe Party. In 1985, the impromptu sendoff for my roommate’s adventurous move to Austin, Texas by train was by far the best of many memorable parties with a treasured group of dancing fools—beloved house-slipper-distance friends who […]
When Pope Francis addressed Congress yesterday, he was neither preachy nor finger wagging, while calling out the hypocrisy of the wealthy and the hard right. Apparently he got through to a lot of people. His address to the U.N. today will undoubtedly be every bit as artful. Today, China is announcing that it is creating […]
When I said, “That’s the price you pay for being a trail blazer,” I intended it as an olive branch. It felt as comforting as sand paper on a third-degree burn. Racist. The Mosaic Experience conducts workshops to raise consciousness about racism so that we can finally get beyond this ignorant, debilitating mind set. A young […]
Home sharing is a timely concept because a) living with a range of generations has the potential for an inherently rich experience; b) establishing your own identity, separate from your family of origin, is a necessary step into a healthy adulthood; and c) the right situation can be healthy, affordable, supportive and even fun.
If you courageously tuned into the news or internet, you may need cheering up. The Republican Presidential debate, the debate about Planned Parenthood, and the California wild fires, won’t lighten your spirit but there is good news beyond that. President Obama congratulated Ahmed Mohammed, the 14-year old who built a clock, and invited him to the […]