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There is no better classroom
than the family table.
– Kaye Earle

Michigan, United States

Researchers have confirmed what parents have known
for a long time;
sharing a family meal is good for the spirit,
the brain and the health of all family members.

– Anne Fishel, Ph.D.


Kolkata, India


The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant



Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Skopje, Macedonia

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together, and
the music that brings harmony.
– Eva Burrows

Phu Tho, Vietnam


Other things may change us,
but we start and end with the family.  

– Anthony Brandt


Sri Lanka


Pagman, Afghanistan

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

– Jane Howard



Indonesia during monsoon season

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you,
but at the same time you carry them with you
in your heart, your mind, your stomach,

because you do not just live in a world.
A world lives in you. 

– Frederick Buechner


Baluchistan, Pakistan



Our family dinner table was like Speakers’ Corner in London.  
We  discussed, debated, argued, declaimed –
all of us at the same time.
– E. Thomson Earle


It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens,
that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments,
sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers,
stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.
– Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Budapest, Hungary

I wonder if I love the communal act of eating so much
because throughout my childhood,

with four older brothers and a mom who worked in the restaurant business,
I spent a lot of
time fending for myself, eating alone – and
recognizing how eating together made all the difference.

– Thomas Keller