so we're looking for a new place to live. north hollywood just aint cutting it for us anymore. we've been dreaming of the canyon life, close to the beach, eating our meals outside, drowning in sycamores and jacarandas, walking through the forests and high fiving the hippies that are nothing like the typical Angeleno in silverlake. entertaining our lovely guests over delicious meals on eclectic dinnerwares with wildflowers on the tables, just never seemed more appropriate.
i am sure i've mentioned before in this here blog that i love to eat. but even more than that - eating with community is the best thing ever. with family, or friends, or strangers at communal tables. every night growing up, we'd have dinner together as a family at 6 pm sharp. and you can bet my ass got grounded for being late for dinner. yes siree. some of my most loved times were living in olympia washington with my best friends. and we had a HUGE table that we would always gather around. some would drive up from portland, others down from seattle and vancouver at least twice a month and we'd share meals, bonfires and nargila. sitting around a table and laughing and eating, then drinking coffee with friends is like the best thing in the world.
happiness and a feeling of being complete through our interconnectedness.
so. as we've been looking for new homes, if i cannot host a big table of lovely people in my house, it is out of the running. and if it has a beautiful big yard under trees for a table, that is where i'll wanna be. so you can imagine, when i heard that the great people of hearblack blog and their friends just started a new project/publication called KINFOLK: a guide for small gatherings, i died and went straight to heaven. this is part of their manifesto:
"Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love."
i've mentioned before how important community is, and how essential it is to create that space with in each of our lives. now, we have a lovely publication that supports this need. too bad the printed mag. sold out so quickly. but you can view it online here.