Working for You: Community Table of Loudoun

Last Tuesday evening two faith communities here in Leesburg, Sha’ are Shalom synagogue and Christ Episcopal Church, conducted what I think was the 34th Community Table of Loudoun dinner. CTL, which is now four years old, continues to periodically provide an elegant sit-down dinner for anybody that feels like coming. No questions asked, no litmus test of eligibility.

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The Peoples Constitution: Free Speech in America

Freedom of Speech: No right is more fundamental to the very idea of what it means to be an American. Liberty is at the heart of the Constitution, and freedom of speech is at the heart of liberty. The right to “speak your mind”—even if that means strongly criticizing our political leaders or their policies—is more entrenched and protected in the U.S. than in most other countries. This article looks at the history of free speech and where we stand today.

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Why Is Preserving Our Rural Landscape So Important—and So Difficult?

A special experience for Loudoun’s residents and neighbors is provided by the ambiance of many historic villages and the physical beauty of the surrounding 250,000 wooded and rural acres—the large majority of the county’s land area. In recent University of Virginia surveys, Loudoun’s residents named our rural landscape as a thing they love most about our county, and residents said the same thing in recent Envision Loudoun community meetings.

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Parenting with Purpose: Perfecting the Art of the Apology

I remember, when I was about 10 years old, playing at my friend’s house. His father lost his temper over some small issue and, a few minutes later, apologized for yelling. I was a bit stunned, because I couldn’t remember a time when my father had apologized to me. I didn’t know that fathers were capable of saying, “Sorry.” Maybe it wasn’t one of the things that the greatest generation was very great at doing, but I have vowed to do a better job of teaching my kids the art of the apology.

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