Have you ever been to a dinner party where everyone had something in common with someone else there? It's like a giant game of cat's cradle – the lines of connection criss-cross and eventually include everyone. That's what we had the other night when a friend hosted six couples. Like the excellent hostess she is, Malynda put together interesting people and the conversation never stopped. (Well, maybe the men didn't get to say much!)
There was a woman who owns a bank, another who is a senior mortgage loan officer, and another who is with a major residential builder. All the conversation took place over wonderful food served on hand-made dishes and serving pieces. If some of the pieces look familiar, you have a good blog memory – they were all created by another friend, the artist Tatiana, who used to live in the Baltimore area but is now in New Mexico. And it was her unique home, the historic church, that I sold at a successful auction last fall. It was Malynda who connected me to Tatiana. Several of the other guests also know and collect Tatiana's work. And Tatiana and I connected immediately through art and pottery as well as real estate.
The threads that brought this group together for a Saturday evening in 2008 began in the late 1980's when I joined a women's business group, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners.) Not long after, I talked Malynda into joining the group along with others who have become good friends and business associates. Our lives have gone in other directions, but the threads still connect us. This time they brought us an evening of fine food, served on wonderful stoneware, and good conversation. Who knows where they'll lead next?