Of course many things can make us happy. Simply looking up can help. Or smiling. Or singing. Or dancing. Or painting. Or visiting a friend or relative. Or helping a neighbor.
Today, though, I want to mention living in community, for it seems to me we Americans are hungry for social connections that expand our circle of acquaintances and friendships.
We yearn for community, don't we?
I can attest to how good living in community feels. I’ve had two weekends full.
Last weekend I spent Saturday at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival with my uke friends from Sebastopol.
The very next day I bicycled down to our Community Center where my friend, Jim Corbett, was leading a celebration of Peace. I spent all of Sunday afternoon there. I sang in the Love Choir. We sang for the first hour or so. Then we had some speeches by local politicians from the Mayor of Sebastopol to our Representative in Congress.
The Lovies perform for Jim Corbett's Peace Gathering
I joined a huge drum circle playing for more than an hour a rhythmical “Bo Diddley” beat on my new ukulele, migrating by mid afternoon to a poetry circle, and ending the day listening to Ma Muse perform in the main hall.
This weekend I spent the Saturday at the Renaissance Fair supporting our local schools. What a success!
Sarah and Andrea Hagen, one of the many organizers of the Faire
Two of the throngs of entertainers who graced us with their talents.
Sarah's first plunge. Note the boy at right pushing the plunger with his hands; he had
earlier hit a bullseye with his thrown softball, but not energetically enough to trip the mechanism.
The Faire drew an estimated 2500 people. Sarah, as Mayor of Sebastopol spent a half hour into and out of the Dunk Tank. She got plunged in many times.
Later on this afternoon we’ve got a party to go to.
So much fun! I hope you live in a community that gathers together frequently and celebrates together.
Wine Country Ukulele Festival