To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.
[Mother Teresa]

The Fort Wayne Knitters Guild held its first meeting of the 2007-2008 year at the new main-branch building of the Allen County Public Library last Monday. They meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.

Those are the facts. Here is the rest of the story. It warmed my heart to be included in that gathering. I think it is a basic life need for people, no matter how different they might be in other ways, to gather with a focus on an interest that nurtures them. It puts oil in our lamps. It is a point of contact whereby we can nurture each other.

The point isn’t the knitting, it is the interest. Writers gather with writers. Antique tractor collectors gather with other antique tractor enthusiasts. Genealogists with genealogists. Etc. The result is more than a new book, refurbished tractor, or a family tree. The result is inspiration, encouragement, learning, and friendships that spread out into the rest of our lives.

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