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obviously i was touched by it too. ha. the book has many really good aspects, not least that it points very specifically to ways of measuring whether something meets our needs or not (hence the list of things that don't work because of commericialism, etc). i should point out that i cut out a bit (my voice was failing), and so i screwed up her message in maybe a small, but definitely significant way. after she writes about individual celebrations (birthdays), she brings up graduation ceremonies. so the message about the ceremony of the community (no hate for the ease of that word? not the time or place, i guess ;) ) was in *that* context, not about individuals or families. it's a significant point--about the size of the connections that are relevant to what she's talking about. sorry for the misleading cut. i will be more careful when i do this again.