What ripples do you create when you share healthy food with hungry neighbors? How does it ripple forward when you sit down for a meal in a spirit of openness and friendship? What streams of energy have made the Stone Soup Café a natural project to be embraced and nourished by the community members of Franklin County?
Insight into these questions comes from radio host and civil rights lawyer Bill Newman, who shared the above quote to an audience on Wednesday at GCC, invoking JFK’s brother, while we reflect on 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
Newman said that the invaluable sense of community in the towns along the Connecticut River Valley manifests itself in spontaneous acts of generosity, in debates over issues in which those participating “are rarely demonized,” and in a “genuine interest in collective experience.” (The Recorder, Nov 21)