While visiting a town in Union County, New Jersey, I noticed something really nice.  Park benches were positioned to face each other.  It's an arrangement that enables people to have honest to goodness face-to-face conversations.  It gives people from the community a place to relax and catch up with one another.

It may seem strange that a couple of park benches made me happy but think about the times we're living in:  So many of our conversations happen on a cell phone or computer.  Lots of our communication happens via text messages.

The sight of humans interacting while sitting next to and across from one another warmed my heart.  I hope we start to see more of these public seating arrangements.

Where are the good meeting places and conversation corners in Ocean County?

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