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For me, the easiest and best way to form community and connection has been to run a business, first the diner, and now a tiny bakery. It's so much work, and sometimes I wish I was quietly in my house or out on the water or in the woods, resting or putting together a puzzle, walking or paddling, just having solitude. But the businesses are so fulfilling for the way they get me out among people, and those connections and that sense of purpose and belonging is precious to me.

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