the village

Being a Community

We are in the midst of the longest government shut in our nation’s history.  You can read about it here:

We have no intentions of presenting a political statement, but the situation has got us thinking.  First of all, we want to express our concerns for those who are currently not getting a paycheck. It easy to see the government as ‘those people up in Washington’ running things.  Truth is those people are still getting paid. It is people like members of the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), or workers at the National Parks and Museums who are doing without pay.  Again, we are not making a political statement, but we do understand the struggle of making ends meet. May they get through this time with as little difficult as possible.

Like we said, it got us thinking. One of our thoughts is that we as a national community are focused on what divides us. We propose that together we start focusing on what unites us; that we come together to be a community.



  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common

2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

We certainly live in the same geographic area.  Thus even by the smallest sliver of the definition we are a community.  But it is more than where we live, it is who we are. There are common interests and values that we as a people share. Our country was founded upon the ideals of freedom and liberty. The best expression of this was written collectively by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman in The Declaration of Independence. Everybody knows the first three, but nobody ever gets the last two  – unless they are prepping for a stint on Jeopardy. Maybe they should make a musical called Sherman. You can read it here:

In that document they expressed a desire for a life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We’ve all heard that. We can all agree on that, can’t we?  

But what do each of these mean? How do we come together as a community to help each other achieve these ideals?


Learning to support someone who is dealing with a chronic or terminal illness is a wonderful way to celebrate the ideal of life.  Cancer, Leukemia, ALS, Scleroderma, and the like are frightening prospects to face. That fear often isolates the person. The easiest way to be life to that person is to simply be present for them.  


Freedom is a cornerstone of our national community. Let us celebrate our individuality and respect one another. May we all act civilly toward one another.  Celebrating each person is a great uniting factor for our community.

Pursuit of Happiness

The American Dream is something we as community have always valued.  The story of coming to the land of opportunity and having the freedom to pursue. The story of Yanko Maceda , the founder of Tabanero Cigars,  is a contemporary example of that dream. We as a community support each other in the pursuit of our dreams. And we can celebrate our successes with a premium cigar from Tabanero – like this one:

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