What is community? Do you know when you see it? Perhaps we know it only when we feel it.
People living in the same locality don’t necessarily make a community, any more than eggs, milk, cheese, green peppers and mushrooms, a little lemon juice, salt and pepper placed side by side on the kitchen counter make an omelet.
Somebody has to do the mixing for an omelet and somebody has to break out of their shell for a community to be created.
People talking with each other - working and playing together, agreeing, disagreeing, planning, voting, writing letters to the editor - all these things go into creating a vibrant community.
Last month, sociologists at Duke and University of Arizona released a study showing that our country is becoming increasingly socially isolated. The researchers found that all of us, all ages, genders and races, have fewer people with whom we talk about things that matter to us.