Friends AND Neighbors

A stroll to the park this evening with my children led me to cross paths with a neighbor I haven't seen in a while. She and I visited on a park bench while our kids kicked a soccer ball back and forth on the grass behind us. We began with the typical chit-chat: "Beautiful weather!" "How's school?" "How's work?" and...Read More

Safe and Happy Neighborhoods

Some time ago I sat with a city councilman and other members of the community to discuss how we might improve our neighborhoods. "We need more police presence in our neighborhoods," someone suggested right away. Most everyone agreed. I sat back in my seat and listened to their argument. When they were finished discussing the idea of increasing the police...Read More

An Adventure Awaits

  It was a hot afternoon when my children and I stepped outside our house, flyers in hand, and peered down the street.   “Which houses should we visit?” I asked. Our first choice was an easy one–the house across the street. Charles and Judy, our adopted grandparents, are some of our favorite neighbors. We invite them to everything. They...Read More