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AN INVITATION TO VISIT NEIGHBOR’S TABLE

Sarah Harmeyer - the woman who's story of loving people around her backyard table for twenty inspired mine - has launched a website for her "Love Mission".   And it. is. amazing.   Neighborstable.com offers motivation, stories, and an online store.  You can even order a custom table for your backyard! If you have a passion for hospitality, community, and sharing meals - then please accept this invitation to visit Sarah's beautiful site.  

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Helpful Links|0 Comments

A HELPFUL LINK FOR PRACTICING AFFIRMATION

A significant part of what I do in practicing hospitality with a community of twenty-somethings is sending them with blessing into the next chapter of their story. Every time someone who attends our community dinners moves away - we go around the circle at our table and everyone speaks an affirmation over the beloved member who is leaving. It is always a beautiful and meaningful time. It's isn't easy for everyone to articulate how they [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Helpful Links|1 Comment

A HELPFUL LINK FOR TEACHING KIDS TO COOK

Yesterday was a school holiday. A few of Riley's friends signed up for a kids cooking class at Sur la Table, where I work part-time as a Kitchen Assistant.  I wasn't scheduled to work, and for a quick second I considered signing Riley up for the class.  But decided that I should probably work there longer than a month before I turn Riley (in the company of buddies who encourage his 12-year-old sense of adventure) [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Helpful Links|2 Comments

THE POWER OF A DINNER TABLE

It is inspiring to learn about the powerful connections happening at other people's dinner tables.  A good friend recently sent this article to me that was published in "The Opinion Pages" of The New York Times last month. It a joy to pass the link on to you. "The Power of a Dinner Table", by David Brooks If you have a story to share about the meaningful connections being made at your table, email it [...]

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|0 Comments

MY FACEBOOK PAGE

Do you know that I have a Facebook Page??? It's www.facebook.com/mycommunitytable. This page is exclusively about my passions for hospitality, community, and cooking.  I publish links to articles and videos about what other people are saying on these topics.  As well as links to what's new on my website and photos of my community. Of course, I still have a personal Facebook Timeline (https://www.facebook.com/wendy.johnsonkessler) to post about my family, friends, and experiences that are so life-giving to [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|0 Comments

ARTICLE ON CHANGING THE WORLD WITH HOSPITALITY

This article by Kathy Chapman Sharp is written to my Christian brothers and sisters, but her main points about hospitality are true regardless of your religious beliefs: You don't have to be great at hosting extravagant social events, to be good at making guests feel special in your home. People will actually prefer coming to your home to be loved, rather than to be entertained Practicing hospitality makes a significant difference in your corner of the [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|0 Comments

TO EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A BETTER COOK, AND TO THOSE WHO DON’T

The question I am most often asked about my weekly community dinners is "What do you cook???"  And my answer is always, "The same things that I cook for my family.  I just make more." It seems that one of the biggest hurdles for people to overcome when they are considering opening their home and gathering people at their table, is getting over the fear that their cooking is not good enough. Our foodie culture [...]

By | September 10th, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|0 Comments

HOW TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE GATHERED AT YOUR TABLE

For someone who is building a vocation around developing community at my table, it might surprise you to know how much I dread introducing myself to a group of my peers.  I never know what to say.  So I usually default to saying something like "I am a stay-at-home mom taking care of my three sons." While I am endlessly grateful for my role as a mom, it only captures one aspect of who I [...]

By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|6 Comments

HEARTISTRY – THE ART OF WELCOME

I am in love with HEARTISTRY. It is a lovely site about inviting people into the beautiful space that we create at our tables so that we can affirm others value and worth. I feel strongly that you don't have to decorate your table with magnificent centerpieces or themed designs to host a meaningful gathering.  And I often state that simple spaces are sacred because of the friendship that is shared, not because they are [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|2 Comments

SCRUFFY HOSPITALITY

It's always fun to read another persons thoughts that express the very same words that are on our hearts. That's how I felt when I read this article on hospitality that a good friend shared with me. I hope it inspires you to invite someone into your home - as is - to share an meal with you this week. "In Praise of Scruffy Hospitality" by Robin Shreeves.

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Helpful Links|0 Comments