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Community Breakfast

It’s a beautiful thing to see a community of individuals come together for a purpose. Even when that purpose is simply eggs, a cup of coffee, and a good laugh.

It seems that most small towns are fading off the map, yet New Providence, Iowa, my hometown, has found its niche. New Providence is a small community of 200. The school consolidated and closed down years ago, there are no restaurants, no gas stations, and being a predominately Quaker community no bar. Beyond zip code most of the common shared experiences that tie a community together had left or died out. That was until a little over 5 years ago.

Monday morning breakfasts started out small as omelets over a portable burner and coffee brewed fresh. The idea was simple, give people a meeting place and a reason to come. And as it turns out, that was all that was needed, attendance would range from 30- 60. Soon they started serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and cinnamon rolls, and a volunteer wait staff  would make the rounds filling coffee cups and picking up plates.

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Date Night: Drive-In

There is something romantic about drive-in movie theaters, and while there are plenty of updated hi-tech ways to recreate this old-time joy, however, there is nothing romantic about technical difficulties.

When Cody and I first started dating in the same state (more on that later) one of my favorite weekend dates was to create our own drive-in movie theater.  We’d grab his laptop and some take-out and drive as far way from the city lights as we could.  When we had found a good spot we’d hop in the far backseat of his minivan (yep more on that later too) and catch up on the tv we had missed that week, The Office, Monk, Grey’s you name it.  One night Cody was so sweet to even  preloaded a bunch of Bob Ross painting videos on YouTube, we watched several happy little trees that night.

So grab your sweetheart and a fully charged laptop to enjoy a night away from city lights, with only each other and Hulu to keep you warm.

Have a good weekend. -lj

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