December 7Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

I have spent much of my life feeling…”different.”

Sometimes, it was my clothes, or my sense of humour, or my views of the world that made me a little different.  Sometimes, it was the things that I believed in that made me feel like a misfit; and sometimes it was the things that I didn’t believe in that made me feel like I didn’t belong.

So imagine when, by the grace of God, I stumbled on to this troupe of people:

My sense of community and family changes and grows with me each day.  And I identify as a member of many different groups — communities which I connect with often, sometimes, rarely, never.

But there is a group that I break bread with each and every Wednesday; a group which has seen me through the best days and worst of this year.

And I love these friends.  I really really do.

Nothing brings a community together like a shared interest in hideous fashion.

As it turned out, though, Scott’s “sweater” was merely a printed-on pattern. Poseur.

When someone suggested that we break out the dress-up clothes and take a “family” picture at our “Winesgiving,” I knew I’d picked a bunch of winners.

But the “family” Christmas card portrait hit home the fact that I am part of this  Winesday family, and each week, I come home to something special, that is bigger, wackier and more wonderful than I could ever be flying solo.

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