on my neighborhood nextdoor site – written by a kind neighbor:
“we found a raccoon in our driveway that looks sad and is not moving.
is there anything we can do about it?”
“let us fill our hearts with our own compassion –
towards ourselves and towards all living beings.”
-thich nhat hanh
grandie f and his friends take a short walk
through their neighborhood
(and now mine)
to help bring a few first things over to my new digs.
the friendliest movers ever.
“i get by with a little help from my friends.”
the neighbors stopped by to check us out
“when strangers start acting like neighbors… communities are reinvigorated.”
loved visiting the grandies
and their friends from the neighborhood
at their very own garage sale for kids.
they made signs
waved to cars
took turns being the dj in the garage
keeping the music going
and offering specials
(like the ‘wear two things on your head and get one free discount’)
every few minutes.
reminds me of me when i was a kid
though I usually ended up spending my profits
buying my friends’ stuff
and they often did the same with mine.
sometimes I even ended up
with more stuff than I had started with.
a pretty fun time for all
and some things are timeless.
I remember going with my mom
to a random garage sale as a kid and thinking
what a cool treasure hunt that the whole world was.
only to transition as an adult to think,
‘what a gross place that really is.’
– will ferrell
another polar vortex day
another movie adventure
four neighborhood kids
lots of action
lots of adventure.
“you never forget the neighborhood kids you grew up with.”
when out walking
it’s so nice to see my friendly neighbors waving hello.
makes me feel at home.
‘be nice. the world is a small town.’
chris taylor atop a bit of art at ann arbor’s top of the park festival
i had a pleasant surprise
when i opened my front door
and standing there was
my mayor, chris taylor
he was walking around the neighborhoods
talking to people
about the upcoming primary election
we talked for a bit
and i thanked him
for all he’s done
and continues to do
for ann arbor
when he left
and i closed the door
i thought that this is how politicians should be
just walking around talking to people in their neighborhoods.
“the true privilege of being mayor
is that I have the opportunity to be everyone’s neighbor.”