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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 21:17

It’s Easy Being Green--It takes a community

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By Julia Taylor

            When I started planning to build “The Worlds Greenest Gingerbread House” for the Santa Day Gingerbread House competition this year, I began by writing down all the features from last year’s model: solar panels, recycle bin, compost, rain barrel, clothes line, garden, backyard chickens. . . .

            But, I felt like I’d missed something last year.

            Ah—COMMUNITY. The most

important part.

            “True community is based upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity, as well as the common human ties that bind us together”—Pauli Murray

            When we know each other, we care about each other. And when we care about each other we care for all life. We help each other and can bind together to make things happen.

            “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”—African proverb.

            Well as it turned out, I had just enough room to squeeze in some gingerbread people on my entry to make the complete dream “green” gingerbread house. And whaddaya know, I earned myself a third place.

            Merry Christmas Kawartha Lakes.

            May we all spend time with people in our communities this holiday—work, family, or neighborhood.

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