Kate’s Corner
Jul 30 2014

  How To Build Community

A friend of mine gave me a beautiful poster purchased from Ten Thousand Villages, a unique store featuring fair trade items from around the world.

In light of families truly focusing on how to raise happy, healthy children in safe and nurturing environments, I would like to share my poster with you.  It inspires me.

Ten Thousand Villages

Turn off your TV.  Leave your house

Know your neighbors

Look up when you are walking

Greet people.  Sit on your porch

Plant flowers

Use your library.  Play together

Buy from local merchants

Share what you have

Help a lost dog

Take children to the park

Garden together

Support neighborhood schools

Fix it even if you didn’t break it

Have pot lucks

Honor elders

Pick up litter

Read stories aloud

Dance in the street

Talk to the mail carrier

Listen to the birds.  Put up a swing

Help carry something heavy

Start a tradition.  Ask a question.

Hire young people for odd jobs

Organize a block party.  Bake extra and share

Ask for help when you need it

Open your shades.  Sing together

Share your skills.

Turn up the music.  Turn down the music.

Listen before your react to anger.  Mediate a conflict.

Seek to understand.  Learn from new angles.

Know that no one is silent though many are not heard.

Work to change.


“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. “

Paulo Coelho