Sacred Sundays – The Ritual of Creating Community

By Saturday evening, I’ve had a chance to shake off the workweek, because my Sundays are special. Sacred actually. It’s the day I practice the ritual of creating community. This weekly practice is inclusive of an ever-expanding tribe of family and friends (some by birth, others by choice) who come together every Sunday to participate in a communal meal, share our stories, laughter, and deep appreciation for one another.


The morning starts with our weekly pilgrimage to the farmers market. The kids visit the crepe stand, while I wait in line with my beloved for a morning coffee, before commencing with the squeezing of tomatoes. A few phone calls to several of the usual suspects and the menu starts to take shape while our baskets fill with the fixings of our evening meal.


The bustle of the market, the bounty of the vendors, the songs of a busker – I’m grateful to live in a place where fresh, organic and local foods are such a huge part of our culture. It is the common thread in our community.


Back home, food is in the larder, while kids, cousins and comrades begin to arrive for the next phase of the day—a hike through our “back yard”—the aptly named Redwood Park. Living just below the crest of the East Bay hills, the hike from our home to the park gets the blood pumping. We stop and catch our breath – not just from the climb, but from the stunning vistas of the San Francisco Bay. I never tire of this view. It is a gift to live here.


Inspired by the boundless energy of children—and dogs, we hike into a cool canyon surrounded by ancient trees, envisioning what was here long before us. We hunt for owl feathers while husband and son venture into a deep, dry arroyo returning with bags of refuse – their practice of nature’s stewardship.


Those who didn’t make the hike have made themselves at home in the kitchen. Dishes are dried, tables are cleared, bottles uncorked—and dutifully sampled (somebody has to do it), while a salad and side dishes take shape. The sound of happy people fills the air. The magic is happening.



We dine al fresco in our perfect Indian Summer weather –  grabbing chairs and making room for a dozen or so hungry humans. More wine, accompanied by laughter (the perfect pairing), our communal meal, shared with love, nourishes our bodies and souls—a ritual cherished by all. It’s what makes our house a home.

We are grateful.


September 18th, 2014|Heart Talk|


  1. Kirk September 19, 2014 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Beautiful~ thanks for sharing this Laura!

  2. Lisa Riddiough September 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura,

    I enjoyed reading your post. . . and I love your new do!!


    • admin September 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I love it too! The new ‘do, that is.

  3. laura K September 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    those Sundays rock!
    would love to join the hike sometime, with our gal, Poppy:-)
    the photos of the food are wonderful – nice styling!

    • admin September 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you – and, come on by!

  4. Susan Miller September 20, 2014 at 6:54 am - Reply

    sweet, Laura. thanks for sharing!

    • admin September 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome!

  5. Hugh Groman September 24, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    This is a beautiful post. 🙂

    • admin September 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you, we appreciate your comments and hope to inspire you to create your own rituals of community.

  6. Jane Dagmi September 26, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I love this blog. Simple, honest, and totally engaging. Makes me want to be a part of your communal table one day. :))

    • admin September 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you – we so appreciate your feedback on our postings!

  7. Mark Traylor August 15, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Very nice – a fine practice. Interesting word choices: sacred, pilgrimage, grateful… almost as if God were involved!
    Hebrews 10:25 affirms you, but of course there’s much more – have a blessed day!

    • admin September 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you, likewise!

    • admin September 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you – these are very special dinners.

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