Especially, since I’ve been spending more and more time online, working remotely, getting together with friends digitally, on my own at home, and also because I’ve begun taking more walks, slowing down, noticing (likely noticing what has been there all along) where I am, who else is here (that I can see, that I can’t), I’m drawn to thinking about the notion of neighborhood and curious to hear about yours.
I live in a large and loud city and it can be isolating in my apartment. and this leads to mind-wanderings…so, when I head out for my exercise walks, passing people as I go, I wonder: are you local? can you tell that I am? Do we live in the same neighborhood?
So far, there is no way for me to tell— you could be visiting, or on your way to work or shopping…far from home. and eh home is what I would like to talk about at our next living room picnic…
How does your neighborhood extend your home? (does it?)
A neighborhood can be defined and experienced in many different ways.
Who are your neighbors?
- Are you only counting the people, or would you include the trees and wildlife (even if domesticated or transplanted)?
- How about the soil, the land, water and sky?
- Which of the people make it in? Who’s outside looking in?
Where is it that you live?
- it’s not necessarily located in one place (especially with the digital world) so don’t feel limited to one current location
- or to tethered to the current moment because your mind doesn’t really really get the difference between past, present and future (some of us wonder about whether that’s even a useful or true way to think about time)
Let’s open a conversation about our neighborhoods and through noticing and storytelling, explore (or discover, maybe even expand) our concepts of home.
This is for women who may have also begun thinking about the significance of place to the quality of our lives, as we continue to experience waves of what it means to go through a worldwide pandemic, lockdowns and emergences.
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