Do You Know the Secret Handshake?

The show Cheers once sang about being a place “where everybody knows your name.” But being a member of a “friendly” community can often mean we’re friendly to each other, not to guests. We’ve all had the experience of going someplace new because we were excited to grow or meet new people or have fun, only to stand around watching as old friends greet each other and laugh. It is very isolating.