Front Porch Forum member, Courtney, shared this lovely piece on promoting and effectively participating in conversations that bring people in our communities together, an initiative created by On Being. There is even a PDF you can download to guide you!:
“The Civil Conversations Project seeks to renew common life in a fractured and tender world. We are a conversation-based, virtues-based resource towards hospitable, trustworthy relationship with and across difference. We honor the power of asking better questions, model reframed approaches to entrenched debates, and insist that the ruptures above the radar do not tell the whole story of our time. We aspire to amplify and cross-pollinate the generative new realities that are also being woven, one word and one life at a time.”
In honor of Earth Day, the upcoming Climate March and Green-Up day, Front Porch Forum members share their love of our surroundings and mother earth.
“Through FPF I have gotten:
Two great bikes
A tennis racket (and a tennis instructor)
Field hockey sticks
An ironing board
Cross country skis
Reduce, reuse, recycle…. Save money and our earth by not buying new!”
• Jane in Richmond
“I’ll be driving to Montpelier on Saturday for the climate march, and have room in my car for 2-3 folks to ride along. If you’d like to join me, I’d love the company. (And it makes much more sense to carpool to a climate rally than drive alone!)”
• Sophia in Burlington
“It was nice weather last week so I headed out and collected 4 bags of trash and some items that won’t fit in a green up bag.”
• Steve in Montpelier
“I would encourage everyone to get out and do some greening up this week. It’s a great idea to post where you’ve done cleanup.”
• Meg and Penny in Underhill
Front Porch Forum members experience kindness in the middle of the road.
“My Subaru died right at the stop sign – at 8 AM! Dead. Within 8 minutes, no fewer than 6 commuters stopped to ask if they could help. None of those people knew me. Thanks so much, neighbors, and especially thanks to the woman who helped me push my subie out of harm’s way! What a wonderfully heartwarming way to start the day!”
• Yvette in Morristown
“I had the terrifying experience of my car dying in the middle of Rt 2. I managed to get my car mostly off the road, but had no cell service. Chief Roland came along, arranged for a tow, called my husband and waited with me until the tow truck came. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for his concern and kindness.” • Michelle in East Montpelier
Have someone you want to thank, but don’t know how? Post it on FPF!
“Shoveling for a Cause”, picked up by the Burlington Free Press and in turn by the Weather Channel, began with a FPF neighbor wanting to make a difference.
“I had the Opportunity to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s at both a local and national platform. It took the Orchard Neighborhood to make that happen. Just wanted to say thank you to all involved.. Check out one of two interviews”
• Louis in South Burlington
Across the state, members expressed their appreciation for FPF as a tool to engage and inform neighbors on important issues being voted on in their towns.
“I appreciate this forum and the way this passionate discussion is making it clear that all of us, regardless of our positions, should be sure to vote yay or nay”
• Lydia from Charlotte
“Dear Neighbors, I want to propose a non-partisan FPF discussion thread. The subject is: “Why do so few people vote?” or maybe “Why don’t more people vote?” • Charles from Burlington
“I try to stay current on the goings-on in my community, largely by reading FPF posts, so I am aware that there were house parties, coffee meetings with candidates, and information available online.”
• Jacey from Burlington
“As usual – FPF shines as a great format to accomplish a public awareness / discussion.”
• John from Barre
Front Porch Forum encourages civil discussion about important topics. Be sure your voice is heard!