Our new best friend Link was not around yesterday and we missed him. We spent a good deal of time with him Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but not Monday. Funny how you don’t miss someone until they are – well, missing.

Ten years ago, we knew something was missing in our lives and set out to find out what it was. After a few months of working together on a piece of property in Belize with the families who lived there, we realized we were missing a sense of community.

Ever since then, when we lived in disconnected communities, we felt isolated. The missing link in our modern auto-based commuting consumer culture is a sense of place and community. For a long time we thought we had to leave the country to find that third world camaraderie we so craved.

And then we moved here and became part of an integrated community. A community of hard working, intelligent, educated, mindful, generous people all striving to create sustainable community.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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