A nice post by Al Hsu over at The Suburban Christian: "High Gas Prices and a Return to Local Parishes." Here's a comment I left on his site:

Al, a nice post and a good word! I've always maintained that a nice side effect (maybe a main effect?!) of a more localized lifestyle is the greater opportunity for "chance" encounters - with neighbors, congregants, co-workers. Versus the isolating, "have to make special effort and plan ahead in order to actually see people outside of our usual rhythm of life" nature of low-density living. Hopefully, people that follow your advice and "shrink" their world will be pleasantly surprised to see the gain in their depth of relationships as they "bump into" more and more familiar faces. Thanks for sharing.
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