In the last few weeks, readers may have noticed a rash of critical, often hostile, responses to columns printed here. While I don’t feel such comments warrant direct response, they have inspired me to present a mission statement of sorts, something which I’ve never done before.
To start with, The Mommy Corner encourages readers to patronize local establishments and to remind them that there is always more for families to discover in their own backyards. “Buying local” is not only a powerful way to keep financial resources within a community, but it’s also an effective way to become acquainted with one’s neighbors. I also write The Mommy Corner to make the point that our community neither begins nor ends with businesses or even human beings.
The natural world is an integral part of life in Culver City, as it is part of every community, rural or urban. In addition to people, Culver City is home to a large population of pets and wild animal life and I believe that our local critters deserve as much notice as their human counterparts. Likewise, Culver City teems with plant life—from the wilder patches of our very own State Park and Recreation Areas, to our domesticated city parks, yards and gardens—and I write this column to honor all of it.
In addition to my role as an “official fan of Culver City,” however, I also write from the unique perspective of my individual family. For instance, while I’ve always been a person who values health, as the parent of a special needs child, my family places a particular emphasis on maintaining physical, spiritual and mental well-being. As a stay at home parent in a single income household, my writing also reflects an emphasis on low-cost excursions and “do-it-yourself” activities.
Lastly, as a global citizen of the 21st century, I have an acute awareness of the political and environmental crises facing our entire planet. Culver City is a town, yes, but it exists within a state, within a country, within a planet—and I care passionately about it all.
While it’s not within my scope to single handedly “save” or “fix” any of it, I do believe that every individual has a responsibility to make the contributions to which they are uniquely suited—whether that’s as an activist, a politician, a business owner or, as in my case, as a writer.
In that spirit, I welcome readers’ suggestions regarding people, places or things that warrant further celebration and invite them to make their own contributions to the conversation here.
Within reason, of course.