A great quote from the Next Whole Earth Catalog fits the philosophy of this website perfectly – let’s celebrate touch!
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We all share them. We text, chat, lean in and share with a friend. We hug and whisper in their ear. We send a note – even write a book. We remember evenings by a campfire and Sunday family dinners. We all love stories.
A Community is made up of individuals whose stories create the fabric – the very culture – of the community. As baby boomers age, they will take with them not only their parents’ and grandparents’ stories, but their very own. They have experienced a lifestyle that will most likely be ‘only stories’ to their children. They lived before ‘smart’ phones, before computers, some before television. Historically, they remember their parents talking about the depression and the world wars (I and II). They most likely have their own memories of Korea, Viet Nam and Iraq!
But they also remember some of the ‘finer’ (ahem) things in life: outhouses, party lines on their phones, mimeographs and more. Many can tell you their reactions to the first microwave oven that they saw. I personally remember my last two years of high school when girls played half-court basketball with a roving guard and a roving forward, and my senior year we were finally allowed to play full-court! Significant? You bet! They actually believed we couldn’t run full-court for an entire game! geesh…. Here’s a sampling… a little long… but you get the idea!
These stories are important.
Though many people are gathering the historical facts and data, I love the stories. Stories add the relationship between history and our lives and culture. How we heard the stories often affected our own life paths. Stories inspire and encourage us! Stories can help us deal with our own fears as well. Our stories actually give us a sense of community!
This site is about these stories – the community stories of Havre de Grace – yours and mine, new residents, visitors and several generation families. Together we create the fine tapestry we call community. Some will disagree with others, but if we listen closely, we’ll learn that in our perceived differences, we are often much more alike! Most importantly, let us enjoy and appreciate the weaving of our stories.