You Are Invited To Tea

A friend of mine once said that Facebook is for people who are friends but don’t necessarily like each other, whereas Twitter is for people who aren’t necessarily friends but should be. (Mr. Kincade, you are a wise man!) There’s a little bit of truth to that, don’t you think? 

This was before I ever joined Twitter, and to be honest, I had no idea what he was talking about. I always thought Twitter was even more self-indulgent than Facebook, so I really wanted nothing to do with it. Wrong I most certainly was! 

Twitter has revolutionized the way I connect with my communities – plural – both at home and around the world*. F. teases me constantly about my troop of online friends who I speak about as if I see them every day. Truth be told, I kind of do! We’re a diverse lot of people who share similar passions and it builds an amazing sense of community between and among us, even if that community only exists on the internet. Many of us make a point of connecting – within those 140 characters that Twitter allows – every day. That support network has been absolutely invaluable to me, and it’s often what encourages me to keep going in this blogging venture, no matter how busy life gets.

Some of those people live in my very own city, but sometimes it takes a specific event or excuse to bring that online ‘friendship’ into real time. I’ve tried my best to reach out and meet many people in real life over the past several months, and when I have, it’s always been immensely rewarding. (Jenny Osburn, I’m looking at you!) These are people I think I should be friends with, because we get excited and inspired about so many of the same things. Whether or not we feel the same way (ha!), remains to be seen.

So, I’m taking a bit of a stand here. In the face of many debates over whether or not the internet isolates us and breaks down community, I’m going to say that it has done the opposite for me. It has connected me with wonderful people who I may not have met any other way. I want to use the internet to make more meaningful connections in real life, and I want to do my part to build a strong sense of community among those who are doing creative things in and around Halifax. 

How? Well, I’m going to invite several people to my house for Afternoon Tea. Painters, Food Bloggers, Non-profit Heroines, Restauranteurs, Chefs, and enviable DIY Types. Because we are all passionate about the same thing: Creating. We’ve all had varying degrees of success with our varying levels of creativity, so I think we have a lot to offer each other. Support, fresh ideas, or, at the very least, good conversation. Some of you I’ve met, many of you I haven’t. But if I haven’t, I’ve been really wanting to!

Creative women of Halifax (for now – sorry, boys), you’re invited to tea. I’ll send out some initial, individual invites over the next couple of days, but if this is something you’re interested in, please do drop me a line for more details and join us!** 

You Are Invited To Tea
Earl Grey at Ma Belle’s Cafe in Dartmouth.

* Friends in other cities and countries, please know you have an open invitation to tea – anytime – if you are ever in the area!

**Depending on numbers, I may have to put a cap on the event at some point (based on the size of my dining room) but nothing about this tea is meant to be exclusive!


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Cdn Author wins a 2011 Costa Book Award

Cdn Author wins a 2011 Costa Book Award