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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • LORI MARBLE: Getting closer to home

  • Black coffee, felt-tip pens and people watching – that's the perfect way to start a morning.
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  • Black coffee, felt-tip pens and people watching – that's the perfect way to start a morning.
    I love to observe people interacting with each other. It seems so easy to simply be pleasant but often that is not the case. I wonder if it's just that people get too caught up in their own activities that they fail to connect.
    Neosho is just the right size to keep people involved with each other and their community.
    I enjoy living in a community small enough that seemingly everyone knows the forward, backward and even sideway connection of people and places. The trick is caring. When people genuinely care about each other that knowledge allows them to care deeply and stand in the gap for each other.
    You see that caring in the action of volunteers supporting the Bright Futures program, attending each other's houses of worship to support worthy causes and serving on city committees.
    Bringing that back around to the care and people watching – when I'm on the road I watch people and try to imagine their story. Eventually I think how a person at the counter or next table reminds me of someone at home. All roads lead to Neosho in my world.
    Call me a "Pollyanna," watch me while I clean off my rose-colored glasses but the older I become the closer I grow to home.
    Lori Marble writes a weekly column for the Daily News.
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