neighbors

The New Face of Friendship: Has Facebook Replaced the Backyard Fence?

Posted on 03/21/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI grew up in Brooklyn at a time when there were many sets of parental eyes watching over us. Riding bikes, playing stoopball or jumping rope on the sidewalk, we knew, without having to think about it, that we were safe. We also knew that if any of us did or said something deemed less than civil, it would get back to our mothers (or whoever was waiting at home, and there was always someone waiting at home) before we set …

Why Sidewalks Matter

Posted on 02/17/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Melissa Stanton, AARP: It seems counterintuitive that heavy snows would make people appreciative of the sidewalks they’re shoveling, but some friends and colleagues are telling us that’s what has been happening this winter. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter From Jeanne: “I had a nice encounter with a neighbor during all this snow.
 Sean and his family are new neighbors. This is their first winter in Northern Virginia. He has three daughters in elementary school …

Serving others makes you Rich

Posted on 12/19/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringRecently, I was travelling across the upper plains, when I woke up to the thermometer reading negative 26 degrees. I hadn’t experienced these kinds of temperatures since I lived in Minnesota as a child. Yet, somehow, I forgot that the cold can really sting. I forgot that the weather can change drastically in an instant. I forgot that you don’t sit next to a drafty door in a coffee shop. I simply forgot that Jack Frost is still a formidable …

Know Thy Neighbor (and how they can improve your life)

Posted on 09/16/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Home & FamilyAfter recently resolving longstanding argument with my neighbor, I appreciate this article more than ever. AARP Peter Lovenheim has a great piece on the importance of neighbors and how they can be allies — especially after retirement: A few years ago, I decided to make a concerted effort to get to know the people who live on my block. In the course of doing so, I came to the firm conclusion that there are important reasons for all of us …