Sunday, January 8, 2012


(val brought a star)
we decided to throw a potluck
and invited a few friends.
(and some we know only a little bit.) 
this meant my dining table for four or so had to be augmented.
we added the library table 
and clothed them both in red cotton cloths.
put 10 chairs around.
my community looks like this
we sat down around 6:30 and five hours later said goodbyes.
hannah and i cleaned up. 
our meal:
root crop salad
black bean vegetarian chili
sauerkraut and a somewhat korean version
spinach/artichoke spread and wheat bread
chicken caccitore
roasted sweet potatoes 
various breads
wine and beer and tea and coffee
banana bread
rice and veggies
cookies and fresh yogurt
mourning dove outside my window
the faces and the conversation at the table were beautiful. 
the quiet ones spoke a little more, the talkers waited.
we had much to share.
old stories
new learning
a bit of art and politics and farming and woodsliving.
three librarians at the table. 
all booklovers. 
the eldest: 85, the youngest: 26.
there was an odd tiny snow 


Valerianna said...

Sounds inspiring and sweet - oh, and tasty!

Velma said...

v, wonderfully ordinary, and exceptional. time flew!

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

velma, how lucky they were to spend such pleasant hours. i remember when i use to go to the annual conference for art librarians, i use to work at the school of the art institute of chicago's library, and we would go out during the conference - catching up - the annual catch up dinner. they were always the best of times. the older librarians would tell of their experiences and the younger, new members, would always listen with so much attention that i always thought they were seeing themselves in the future.

Judy Martin said...

happy new year Velma.

May it be healthy, peaceful and creative.

Velma said...

henrietta, it would have been cool if we were all working together, i think this group could build something beautiful.
judy, many thanks. you often blog of community, inspiration to this very independent artist.

jude said...

i was there too. in spirit.

Velma said...

yes, jude. most certainly.

Anonymous said...

community is everything - if only more pleople reached out. good food, good talk - sharing - what life is all about.

Velma said...

jean, we have a nifty community here in space, too.

Alice said...

Five hours of conversation! A treat. Thanks for bringing us all along.

Velma said...

alice, i totally forgot the camera!

Velma said...

apparently i can't spell caccitore (or spell check isn't helping, but i'm too lazy to figure it out

Nancy said...

This sounds just lovely. How lucky to have shared such a time.

Anonymous said...

Wow! what a great sounding meal!

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful sharing. thank you.

leFiligree said...

sounds like there mustve been some great conversation and sharing

neki desu said...

thinking a lot about community lately. yours sounds like something to further on.
ps menu sounds delish!!

Gardener in the Distance said...

Sounds ideal, Velma!

Velma said...

hey, all, it was a super evening, and the food WAS great. from vegan to carnivore, from 26 to 85, we were all in community.

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