Sphere of Influence

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

Who are you influencing?

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by 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.

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

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               — Laurie Buchanan


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