Lots of great Thanksgiving postings shared on Front Porch Forum this week… neighbors thanking neighbors. Here’s one example from the Marshfield Plainfield FPF…
Dear Plainfield: I am so grateful to be your librarian. Thanks to each of you who comes into our little library. We all make it to special place that it is… I certainly couldn’t do it without all of you.
I want to also take this opportunity to thank the Town Clerk’s office and Selectboard members, the Cemetery Commission, the Social Concerns Committee, PACA members… am I forgetting anybody who helps Plainfield function as a town? Also, hurray for Susan and Sylvia at the Jaquith Library in Marshfield!
Last but not least, thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Janet, Gail, Sherri, Will, Libby, Ben, Talvi, Emily, Joyce, Maria, Donna, Laura & her Master Gardeners, and the board of trustees (they volunteer their time, too): Jan, Sandra, Bev, Stephen, Monica, Erika and Bob.
When I am reflecting on all I have to be thankful for at the table on Thursday… living in this wonderful state, and serving this diverse and passionate community at this amazing little library, will be high on the list!
ALSO! Thank you, Front Porch Forum for connecting me with the wonderful family who sold me a set of great snow tires at a really great price.
Happy thanksgiving, everybody. We’ll be open again Saturday from 10-2.
For nearly 20 years, the Orton Family Foundation has successfully helped people in small cities and towns navigate change in a way that honors their connection to community. Orton’s track record of using technology and process to yield strong place-centric results is truly impressive.
FPF member and University of Vermont dean Susan Comerford is quoted in that same article. She says, “Front Porch Forum is a post-modern return to citizen democracy…(it) may well be the most important advance in community development strategies in decades.” She might be right.
But the coolest thing about FPF in my book is that it upends the assumed role of the Internet in our lives. It asserts that our online lives don’t have to be distinct from our offline lives that they can merge in healthy, useful, positive, reciprocal ways. And even better than that…Front Porch Forum encourages us to reconnect with each other in person, tªte- -tªte, to have conversations and shake hands and share babysitters and roto-tillers and generally help each other out. It pulls us out of our digital isolation and pushes us back into our front yards and onto the street, out to the park or the playground or the farmer’s market or the local garage to see what’s going on, to remember who we are, and even who we want to be, as parents and friends and citizens. It helps us be neighbors.