Since The Boy started kindergarten, I’ve become somewhat of a meeting junkie. If there is a meeting in the neighborhood, I’ll probably attend. I’d like to claim that my motives are purely altruistic, a response to President Obama’s call to volunteer, but that’s only part of the picture. I often attend community meetings because I am curious. I want to know what is going on — at school, in my neighborhood, at the parks, in adjacent neighborhoods, with my alderman, in city policy. I’m still trying to figure out specific ways that I can contribute to the actual organizing bit of community involvement, but attending meetings is a good way to determine what the group’s actual needs are and how my talents fit in with those needs.