Today, many in our society seem to want change for its own sake. I hope a different spirit continues among those neighbors and the street remains a neighborhood as it was while my family lived there.
Anyone Living Anywhere: The Challenge of My Vertical Neighborhood
Milton Friesen reviews My Vertical Neighbourhood, Linda’s McGibbon’s xperience as a newcomer to a high-rise condo in Toronto. She actively explores what it means to be a neighbour in the third dimension, and challenges us to acknowledge that mutuality matters.
We don’t have to escape to a new and better location with more perfect neighbors. We need to lovingly attend to the ones we have.
Fore-Deck as Front Porch
Where do the porchers from across the Pond go to escape the entrapment of a modern, concrete, urban sprawl?
Rock the Block
It is a cloudless July day in Connecticut—the kind of day that keeps people rooted in this place despite its long winters and high...
Two Last Suppers and Ordinary Greatness: A Double Eulogy
What are the compensations on the downhill side of life?
The Family Frog Kisses a Toad
Fortunately America still gives birth to her Framers and they come with every generation.
Friendship with New England Reserve
As the half-savage neighbor in Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” says, “Good fences make good neighbors.”
The Symbolism of a White Sidewalk
I tend to think that slippery sidewalks are a sign of a broader pattern, in which people are less prepared to take responsibility for the inconvenience of ‘gray areas.’