Community and other benefits to your health


Outliers, a very good seller at my bookstore, even 6 years after it was published….

Reading the introduction I now know why. It is all about the strange pieces in our world that defy the odds and show a little magic. Or something like that, it appeals to the part of us that needs to know we’re not all at risk of dying awful horrible deaths and that like some super hero we can defy the odds.

Who doesn’t want that?

But like the introduction shows us, maybe it’s not all the things we do to keep us some way or another, maybe it’s just feeling welcome, at home, a piece of a bigger picture,a cog in a clock. We just need to fit into the cracks, to be acknowledged and loved, to have a family in whatever form that may look like.

So what does this mean for journalism? My theory is that stories help us connect with the bigger picture.

That said, journalism maybe owes it to the world to tell magical stories and to build community around them, to seek out odd anonymous parts of our world and explain them as a part of what keeps us moving.

Maybe the story is not just about the Japanese tsunami, but about the beautiful ways people teamed up to aid one another.

Maybe it isn’t just about the election but the communities that voted or didn’t and why.

It’s about being nosey and asking questions, but also on wanting to know why a group or person is one way, less about judgment and more about compassionate understanding.

We could see it as community building through ideas, through a collective knowledge and conversation.

Brag baby!



I really appreciated this reading, especially as a woman, and as someone that doesn’t always feel like my work matters. The reality is that I have accomplished a lot, especially coming from the home and community I came from, and through all the things I have had to face. I may not have the most amazing skills, or all the internships I could have, but I have made a lot for myself. This goes well beyond just establishing a nice life or a roof over my head but also all the other things I have done in school and through work.

So, yeah maybe I might come off as a bragger, but I have worked really hard to do what I have been doing for the last four years. Sometimes kicking, crying and screaming along the way, but I did it. I did it! Which is a big deal! I took the time and through all of my fears, sleepless nights, anxiety and exhaustion have made it to where I am and have made some pretty cool stuff along the way. Therefore, I find no shame in letting people know that I can do things, that I can take on challenges, and that I always want a new experience. It may seem ridiculous, but a job interview is a great time to show off your prize skills, dreams, and accomplishments and do so without inhibition!