Chapter 6 of A Good Community: The Idea
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This is the final chapter from A Good Community that I will be posting on the Squeaking Blog, as I’m moving toward publication. If you’ve taken the time to read this and the previous chapters, I hope you’ve enjoyed them, even though many of them were still in a rather rough form.
In Chapter 6, Maggie and friends visit the unofficial school that operates on Water Street, and immediately become determined to do something to help the children living there.
The plan quickly takes shape and Maggie’s sister-in-law, Abigail, joins the effort, with Maggie, Emily, and Abigail adding their pin money and "nest eggs" to support the creation of a new, private school.
Despite their plans, Maggie knows that the road before them will not be smooth and will include a few bumps, if not a downed tree, major chasm, and other disasters. And yet she is determined to carry through because she believes that this is something they are called to do.
And so they're off.
You’ll have to see how things turn out once the book is published in September – “God willing and the crick don’t rise,” as my mother used to say.
Chapter 6: The Idea
Beginning July 29, I’ll be blogging once a week on Mondays. After all, it is summer, and I have a vacation coming up at the end of August. But before that arrives, my church has a major project. We operate a booth in the food tent at the Somerset County (NJ) 4-H Fair. For twenty years or so, we’ve sold homemade sausage, peppers, and onion sandwiches, which have become rather popular. So popular, in fact, that we have repeat customers who show up and tell us they've been waiting for our sandwiches for a whole year.
The effort takes up most of the first week of August, during which we do the preparations, set up the booth, and do the initial cooking before the fair starts on August 7. So, I'm taking a blogging break.
If you’re in the vicinity and want to see what this author does in her other life, you’re welcome to stop by and say hello – and buy a sandwich. The fair runs August 7-9, from 10 am to 10 pm each day. I’ll be “on duty” from 10 am until about 5 or 6 pm. Just look for the red and white sign that screams “Sausage, Peppers, and Onions.”
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