Besides hearing Melody's story of how she grew roots in her adopted town of Blacksburg, Virginia, we will get a chance to talk about what we love about Battle Creek and what can be done to foster a more vibrant community.
An idea from her book is to write your town a love letter. Then leave the letter for someone to find. You never know who might, upon reading it, discover their own appreciation and gain a fresh perspective.
So at tonight's event, we will provide blank note cards and pens for folks to write what they love about Battle Creek. The cards will then be displayed at Willard Library.
We did something similar among staff a while back and had a great deal of fun with it.
I've always loved the feeling I get when I enter Horrocks. All those beautiful displays of fresh vegetables and loads of candies! And those soups, don't get me started!
I also pause to watch the Battle Creek River flow along the canal from the Linear Path. The sound of the rushing water is so soothing.
And most touching, I notice the friendly smiles freely given around here. There's generally no hurry and people talk to one another. Whether at Willard Library or one of the restaurants downtown, people make time to listen to stories, concerns, or just share experiences.
I could go on and on, and I know you could too! So let's enjoy each other's company and share what we all do to make Battle Creek the best place to be.
Matt Willis is currently reading "A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind" by Shoukei Matsumoto.