Sending my gratitude to Melissa Hough…

Approaching the end of our 2nd year of blogging, which we are grateful for indeed, we embark on year 3 with a new sense of hope and growing desire to hear from wonderful people, doing wonderful things, by simply living who they are!  Linda and I, who are we kidding, Linda, drafted some thoughtful questions for us to ask people we come in contact with, work with, have just met, and/or are downright in awe of!

Melissa Hough

Melissa Hough

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Moving forwards, together

Hello dear readers,

Thank you again for being patient while we took a wee break to consider our direction and to refocus. We feel clearer and more purposeful, and we are ready to move forwards!

We have revisited our mission and revised it to better describe where we feel we are with the blog these days. Please read it and let us know what you think! We really do welcome feedback.

In the coming weeks you can expect more posts that connect with this revised mission, including some interviews with community builders from San Diego and Scotland (and who knows, maybe elsewhere too!)

Thank you again for sticking with us,

Linda and Kirk

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Welcome Back…to the original post from Linda!!

Through our reflecting, pondering and wondering of where we are headed with Come In From The Cold, I journeyed back to Linda’s original post, THE FIRST post, of this blog. Click here and take a look back at: The best welcome I ever got.  In it, you’ll find gems like:  “In a group of friends as established as this one there is inevitably a lexicon of inside jokes which could potentially alienate a newcomer, but this group of folk made sure I was included.”  This reminds me of how Judith Snow describes that with any vibrant, well-connected community of people, and natural ‘edge’ will form.  What makes a community inclusive, is to have ‘a welcome at your edge’.

 

Read on dear followers!!  We are close to posting new material!!  So for now, enjoy our favorites from the past!

The best welcome I ever got

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Inviting, welcoming, connecting

Here we are with another blast from the past. I felt really excited to read this one, because I had forgotten all about Kirk taking this step with his church community! And as we reflect on what this blog is really about, it struck me as powerful that Kirk considered how to make sure that the initial welcome was only the beginning for new and existing members of his church. There are layers of community, and there are tools to move from one layer, deeper down to the next… Enjoy reflecting on that as you read: An Open Letter to One of my Communities! 

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Gardening Revisited…

seedlings appearing amongst more established plants

“Did I plant that?”

Back in the first month of existence for Come In From The Cold, Linda juxtaposed gardening with community building, specifically in her village of Ratho and her very own garden.  Journey back with us by reading 7 Thoughts on Gardening and LifeThe pictures beam vibrantly and the parallels weave in and out of the post beautifully.  This process of looking back is proving to be quite beneficial to us as we regain traction on where we were upon the inception of this space and where we are headed…we hope you don’t mind it too much 🙂

Remember to take care of each other and tend to your gardens!

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Remember Svetla?

Dear friends, we are benefitting from this fallow period at Come In From The Cold, but we want to continue to honour your support by sharing a past post with you today. I just reread Kirk’s post from February last year, Building Community One Latte At A Time and remembered how much I enjoyed hearing about Svetla! She uses her business to promote community (as well as providing coffee), and the customers she welcomed find delightful ways to thank her and nurture her business. Enjoy!

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More Throwback Love

Greetings everyone!  As Linda alluded to last week, we are taking a step back, pondering our direction, refueling our fires and will be posting fresh again in June. In the meantime, we invite you all to do as we are, and peruse past posts.  The post I’m linking today, written by Linda in our first year of existence as a blog, draws us into her roller coaster at the time of adoption and pregnancy.  Her vulnerability emerges as the piece unfolds and we are given a glimpse into her and her partner’s deepest fears and joys…along with brilliant news!

Have a look and enjoy:  Still Welcome

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