Not that long ago, the U.S. had communities where softball leagues, bridge clubs, volleyball leagues, churches, model railroad clubs, bowling leagues and dozens of other civic and fraternal organizations flourished. These organizations allowed people to spend time together discussing their daily lives and the events and situations they cared about.
People loved the time they spent with others sharing tips about how to organize the garage, or find a babysitter, or raise better tomatoes. They also learned how to resolve conflicts and to be better neighbors. People who spent a lot of time talking with others felt more connected and happy. They also often felt needed, and found that they seldom felt lonely.
The people in these communities learned how to organize suppers, band concerts, and car washes. They raised money holding bake sales. They often went to community dances. The skills they acquired made them better parents, spouses, and employees.
Some communities have preserved this way of life. But many more have not.
Have we forgotten how to be a community? Can we learn to live that way again?