On a recent walk through our neighborhood, I noticed a newly-planted tree featured in the center of a raised garden, circled by rough-hewn landscaping stones.
Aesthetically appealing, it brought to mind how each of us — like the tree — has a sphere of influence; people — similar to the colorful flowers — whose lives we influence whether we intend to, or not.
It might be an active influence (what we say, things we do, places we go), or it might be passive (what’s left unsaid, what’s left undone). Either way, it has an impact.
“Never underestimate the influence you have on others.” — Laurie Buchanan
It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Laurie Buchanan
With the advent of the World Wide Web, the concept of “neighborhood” is no longer limited to a geographically localized community. Rather, it’s global. On any given day I can—and do—communicate with Ted in New Zealand, Terrill in Canada, Sandi in Georgia, and many others as if we were having a conversation over the back fence.
With that in mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce 5 of the most recent additions to my blogroll—my internet neighborhood. I hope you’ll go knock on their doors and extend each of them a hearty welcome.
SunnyRoomStudio Daisy Hickman has designed a warm and creative sunny space for kindred spirits.
Life by Design Alison Elliot invites us in and has us consider the possibilities.
Island Time Lisa Krupp provides intentional travel essential for well being.
Wonders in the Dark Sam Juliano has a well-crafted space dedicated to the arts—especially film, theater, and music.
Donna Jill Witty Jill Witty shares the life of an artist—travel, painting, food, photography, and other thoughtful musings.
“An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality.” — Jasmine Guy, American actress, singer, and dancer