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Take a book, leave a book. An ingenious lending-library idea is sweeping the nation — see if it's right for your neighborhood
15 Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Better
We all want to be better neighbors — or at least have better neighbors. But what can we do? How do you build a better community for yourself and your family? The answer is actually quite simple: Get to know your neighbors. Just interacting with...
10 Real Ways You Can Help After a House Fire
“Did you ever think your house would burn down?" Eden, my then seven-year-old daughter asked me every couple days, for months, after an arsonist randomly set our house on fire. "No," I would answer each and every time. "I just never...
How to Decide on a New Town
Where we live affects so much in our lives: the work we find, the friends we have, the activities we enjoy and even our health. If you are considering a big move — whether you are moving for work, to be near family or simply because you're craving a...
6 Tips for Teaching Your Kids to Be Good Neighbors
The summer of 1968, my parents were in the market for their first home. In a neighborhood they liked, they found two houses, side by side, up for sale. After they toured both, they decided on the slightly smaller one on the corner,...
Simple Acts: The Unsung Power of a Good Neighbor
When my husband, Paul, and I bought our first home, we couldn't have asked for nicer next-door neighbors than Becky and Greg and their two boys. Within days of our moving in that February, they brought over a plate of cookies to welcome us...
A Little House Unfolds Into an Outdoor Theater
This house has a secret. Although it looks plain, some cranks of a hand winch unfold the home's patchwork pink sides to reveal a surprising new purpose: an outdoor community theater for the town of York, Alabama. Artist Matthew...
Community Thrives Along With a Garage-Top Garden
A group of Seattle designers, neighbors and city officials have upped the community gardening ante with the city's first large-scale community garden on top of a 50-year-old parking garage. Somewhere out there, Joni Mitchell is smiling. Eating...
Making a Home Away From Home
If you’ve ever made a big move, whether to a different state or a different country, you are probably familiar with that uprooted feeling that comes along with leaving everything known for something different and new. It can be exciting but also...
The Rainbow Connection
June is Gay Pride Month. And whether you live in West Hollywood or West Virginia, chances are that you’ll start seeing rainbow flags round every corner as joyous celebrants take to the streets. To be honest, I’ve never been crazy about rainbows...
From Concrete Lot to Gracious Organic Garden in Seattle
“It’s about balance,” says painter and horticulturist Amy Ockerlander about the organic gardens surrounding her colorful and eye-catching...
Simple Pleasures: The Art of Being Neighborly
Being part of a welcoming community makes daily life so much more pleasant. Whether you are already friends with your neighbors or want to get to know them better, these ideas for simple parties and heartfelt gestures will help strengthen...
How Your Landscaping Can Keep Burglars Away
I recently moved to a home in a very urban — some might say gritty — neighborhood of Los Angeles. Since nothing calms my baby more than a walk around the block, I spend a great deal of time wandering around my neighborhood on foot pushing a stroller....
8 Ways to Create a Neighborly Front Yard
Many of us find ourselves living in communities defined not by common acquaintances, knowledge and culture, but by geography or economics. Rather than knowing our neighbors from childhood, we may not know our neighbors at all. To create a sense of community,...
Togetherness Take 2: Is a Cohousing Community for You?
Do you live in a compact apartment in a large city, and have no idea who is sitting on the other side of your living room wall? Maybe you’re in a single-family home in a suburban development without sidewalks, and feel like you’re missing...
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