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Brian-2N    Posted 03-18-2003 at 05:55:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last night I had a Pastoal Council meeting. We spoke about some community activities we want to conduct throughout the year. Father said that we should coordinate these, as we are attune to other activities in our towns (we have 1 pastor serving 3 churches covering 6 towns) and can avoid conflicts.
It got me to thinking how connected I feel to my surroundings. I do know what is going on in town, and have met most of the leaders in town. Here in New Hampshire we had our town meeting last Tuesday. I spent a long time before the meeting speaking with the police chief. I stood up and asked questions at the meeting, and was involved in all the votes.
When I used to live in Mass in a larger town, we elected "town meeting members" as it was a representative town meeting, not a true town meeting like I attend now. I never bothered with it, and not having ever felt connected to that town, I don't miss it. It is not home. Home is where I live now, although I've been here for a much briefer period than my old home town.
I went to church back in Massachusetts last week to here a family member read at mass. I felt so out of place in a huge church filled with people. In our small churches, if I see 50 people at any given mass I'm lucky.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Small town life is the thing for me. "Live free or die. There are other fates worse than death."-Gen. John Stark


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DeadCarp    Posted 03-18-2003 at 08:19:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, small towns have their advantages alright - between our auto parts and hardware store, i can get almost anything i could imagine needing, right here by tomorrow. Of course, small towns are drying up, mostly because of tar roads and faster cars. People still want things tomorrow, but they can get farther today. Around here, (our town has 1200 people and 8 churches) with the tight economy driving parishioners out, the churches are considering cutting back and diversifying, rather like having a chaplain or 2 for a bigger area. And the job is less demanding - nowdays cops are called for family squabbles - used to be clergy. On the bright side, the baby boomers coming home to roost. Let's hope they get here in time. :)



Brian-2N    Posted 03-18-2003 at 08:56:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your one comment about wanting things fast is true. In business it's called artificial urgency. We want it now because we can have it now, not because we need it.
I say there are three kinds of people in small towns-natives, refugees and carpetbaggers. Natives are natives-usually like to keep things the same. Refugees (like me) are escaping something worse are like where they end up. Carpetbaggers flee other areas, then start to miss things they left behind, then try to change their new home instead of moving back. New Hampshire, particularly the east, is infested with them. Folks fleeing Boston then trying to make New Hampshire into Massachusetts North.


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