When I was a little girl I dreamed of a world where everyone I knew would live next door. Today that wish is stronger than ever. I have a chronic longing for togetherness. Never has it been more obvious how important relationship is, especially as its main ingredient is reciprocity. Sharing feelings, being known by another creates a belonging that makes isolation more bearable.The psychotherapist, Jean Shinoda Bolen believes that when there are a million circles of women world wide, our culture will go from being patriarchal to matriarchal. My circles these days exist across the land…not in person but by telephone. Still, women make do. Each connection gives me a little more of my power back. In no time my self is affirmed and my energy raised. Here’s to staying connected.