Yesterday during one of my threads, we started talking about ways folks are planning to tuck a few more veggies into their gardens.

Or their flower beds. Or into containers.

Pretty much anywhere they can for some veggies through the summer to offset the cost of living or the potential loss of income from layoffs or worse.

We started talking about the fact that I’m hoping to tuck a few extra veggies into my own yard among the perennials not just for my own family, but because I think some of our friends or family might be able to use them as well.

Which got me thinking about how much good we could, collectively, do by pitching in on something like this together. A sort of collective victory garden for our own communities, so to speak.

Or volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Or inviting neighbors to join in a weekly potluck dinner. Or any number of other ideas for community participation in a greater good.

Then I started thinking about all the stories you all have told about things you are doing in your own communities, and thought it would be a great discussion — not just for all of us, but on a national level. So maybe we can get something going with a little chat today.

Imagine a world where we think in the "we" and not in the "mine," at least as far as giving someone a helping hand when they need it is concerned.

Because that sort of thing comes back to you often enough that it’s a good way to live, I’ve found. If for no other reason than doing a good deed is good for you, too, not just for the person on the receiving end. And, frankly, we could use a lot more good news these days, couldn’t we?

So, tell me about the things going on in your community. And how folks might be coming together to solve problems or help folks who could use it. Do tell. Pull up a chair…

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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