Ashland is the kind of town where you can live for years without meeting the folks who live two houses down from you. We've had the great pleasure to form close relationships with a couple of our neighbors, but for the most part, we have a respectful distance from the people on our street. We have exchanged pleasantries with some, talked with a few about kids and dogs, but there are many people on our short street whom we've never met. There seems to be an unspoken rule not to get too close. I mean, you do have to LIVE near these people. What if it didn't work out? Heck, they might even need you for something, which would be downright awful. This unfortunate status quo may be why the Transition Streets concept is so appealing to me.
We want to build a “Sustainability” section at our Town Library. We have approached the town librarian about this idea and she is excited to partner with us. In order to determine which books will best serve the community, we ask that you request books on sustainable practices. This will demonstrate to our librarian the need and interest in particular books on sustainability. We would like you to do this in two ways:
With the close of the gift-giving season I am thinking a lot about what gifts mean to our 2 ½ year old son. I remember my childhood being enriched by a few really well-designed toys that I played with for years. With these toys, I formed deep imaginative relationships which provided outlets for me to explore my world. Seeing the high volume of toys in other people’s houses, I noticed that children often don’t feel bonded with any particular toy. I see kids playing with one toy for a few minutes and then casting it off to play with another toy and another and another.
We are happy to announce our new website! While still in development, we aim to create a dynamic web environment where we can discuss ideas and potential projects. Please take a look around and tell us what you think. Are there any new possibilities you see for our town?