Every week, author Melody Warnick melds research and personal experience to share a new tip, experiment or habit to help you build community and love where you live. You can find links to previous How to Love Where You Live articles right here.
Snow is falling fast as the rally starts, and the sound system isn’t working right. “We can’t hear you!” people yell. “Speak louder!” Eventually a megaphone is produced, and the hundred of us who have gathered in a blocked-off street downtown grow quiet so we can hear as the names of the 17 victims of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, are read aloud.
My 16-year-old daughter made a sign for March for Our Lives that says, “No more silence, end gun violence.” Classic. But honestly, the signs I love most are the ones that say things like “So bad even the introverts are here,” and “Not really a sign guy but geez.” Because, let’s admit it, rallies are a little awkward. (I’m always like, “Oh, are we chanting now? We’re chanting.”)
Also, politics feel so darn personal these days. Why am I even talking about this when I’m supposed to be talking about loving where you live? Increasingly, politics and place attachment are inseparable. Studies show that we’re more likely to move to a town whose politics match our own. Half of conservatives and 35 percent of Democrats admit that it’s important to them to be in the political majority in their city.