We are sometimes criticized for wanting to be tightly woven into the fabric of our neighborhood. The concern is that we’ll get too entangled in people’s lives, that we’ll succumb to tunnel vision and lose our ability to make an impact in the world. I suspect there’s validity in those concerns; it just hasn’t been our experience. We’ve found that by submerging into our neighborhood we actually learn to understand the world better and our influence in it runs deeper…and in turn wider. This short story in my friend Matt’s blog about a friend of ours is truer to what we experience in our neighborhood and what we celebrate.