One positive outcome from the coronavirus threat is that it has helped many people to recognize that the way out of this crisis is through cooperation and caring about one another. The good health of others is literally good for our health; that’s true on so many levels under so many conditions. There represents a huge opportunity to hold those perspectives, to look beyond the negativity that's harming our society, and look instead at the many tentative solutions to our shared problems that are already being rehearsed throughout our nation and around the globe - positive, perhaps unglamourous works we seldom hear about, and that A Neighborhood Cafe might highlight. At present, "A Neighborhood Cafe" is a book; it is also a process for creative engagement that would naturally work in a physical space. That space can be a real cafe, and the book offers information, including recipes, to help people create one. The concept can also work in one's home or rotating homes in a community, and even as an activity during a long family car trip.
After all the world has been through - natural disasters, war, social and political discord, famines and global viruses – perhaps it’s time for us to come together at a Neighborhood Cafe and formulate solutions to our common challenges while enjoying delicious food and camaraderie. Although it could begin in a home with family or a safe circle of friends, after social distancing becomes a thing of the past, it will be very much needed in the public sphere. The Neighborhood Cafe is organized as a supportive environment where diverse people are safe to exhibit their best, most creative qualities; it fosters physical health through its wholesome food offerings, and mental health through meaningful dialogue, mutual respect, and humor. The Neighborhood Cafe concept of positive engagement at the community table can work to address many issues, but the book focuses on solutions that can help clean our national food supply and our planet.
Designed to suit today's busy lifestyles, A Neighborhood Cafe offers a practical process to bring about peaceful change; to think, grow, hone our abilities to work together and make a difference. On an individual level, the cafe encourages people to take control of their own health, well-being, and environment. Welcome to A Neighborhood Cafe.