A View from the Gap: Preserve and Build Legacies

As much as we sometimes desire otherwise, change in our communities is inevitable. But what should not be inevitable are outcomes that disregard or dishonor the past. It is often hard in the pressing present to consider and appreciate what has come before, to embrace the legacies built by others. Doing so, however, can enrich—and reinforce—the legacies we ourselves will leave behind.

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A View From The Gap: Some Assembly Required

We’ve all received the box, stamped “Some assembly required,” full of the parts wrapped individually; the connecting hardware bagged separately, the instructions neatly folded. While we know what the end product will be, we often feel at a complete loss about where to start first, and the instructions often intimidate if not downright confuse. But we muddle through, line up the parts, and begin to see how it all fits together and suddenly arrive at that moment of clarity when we say to ourselves “Okay, we can do this,” get focused and get to work.

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