Why I Refused to Love My Neighbor (Plus a Giveaway!)

When our daughter outgrew her swing set, we sold it to an acquaintance who struggled to find a truck and some buddies to help haul it away. We weren’t home when his plan came together, so we told him to go ahead and get started. They removed the swings and were dismantling the slide when […]

Neighbors by the Numbers

One of the reasons we hesitate to meet our neighbors is the big unknown. What are they like? Will they like me? Will they be friends or foes? Your neighbors’ homes are about the same size, value and style as yours—but the conversations inside those homes may be very different than the ones happening around […]

Home for the Holidays | Spreading Cheer to Your Neighbors

Have you included your neighbors in your Christmas plans this year? All you have to do is set aside the time you’d spend watching one Christmas movie or making one trip to the mall, and use that time to do something special with your neighbors. Let me show you how! The Neighborhood Café is offering […]

Getting to Know Your Amish Neighbors

When we had a question from a blog reader about the best way to meet your Amish neighbor, I jumped on the chance to respond. Not because I live next door to an Amish family, but my long-distant Amish friends in Lancaster are forever telling me, they are normal people, just like me. In my […]

If I Had Amish Neighbors | Kate Lloyd

I’m usually cheerful and optimistic, but I took a tumble last week and injured my right shoulder; what used to be my good arm is now an aggravating source of discomfort. Can you tell I’m feeling sorry for myself? My doctor said, “Nothing’s broken or torn, but don’t lift anything heavier than five pounds until the […]

A Proximity Problem

In the day and age of easy travel and global connection through email and texting, it is not uncommon to have good friends in other parts of the world. Two of my best friends live in Texas and Florida, but I have also have close connections in California, Oregon, Arizona, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and North […]

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