10 ways to create more community in your neighborhoodI recently watched How to turn your Neighborhood into a Village, a 16 minute video with permaculture instructor Andrew Millison who journeys to Portland, Oregon to talk with architect Mark Lakeman, founder of Communitecture Architecture and the City Repair Project. The video shows a neighborhood in
Community clean up!Have you ever felt that wonderful sense of accomplishment that leaves you smiling yet exhausted? My husband and I recently experienced that after we participated in a community clean up near our home. We’ve done creek clean ups before and they have been fulfilling, but this one felt especially invig
Umuganda: Coming together in common purposeCan you imagine a day once a month that an entire country comes together for a common purpose? Well, that’s exactly what happens in Rwanda, and it has transformed the capital of Kigali into the cleanest and greenest city in Africa — it’s known as Umuganda. Umuganda is a Kinyarwanda word that transla
If you care about your community, then cast your vote!If you care about your community, vote! If you care about your neighborhood, vote! If you care about your family, vote! If you care about your friends, vote! If you care about children, vote! If you care about retirees, vote! If you care about yourself, vote! If you care about education, vote! If yo
The Good Act TheoryHave you ever heard of the broken windows theory? According to Wikipedia, it is a criminological theory that states that visible signs of crime, anti-social behavior, and civil disorder create an urban environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crime. Well I would like
NestingHave you heard the Chinese proverb “One generation plants the trees and another gets the shade?” I’m grateful that when our neighborhood was built in the 1950s, they had the foresight to plant trees in front of every house. Now our neighborhood is lucky enough to be graced with gorgeous elm trees.
Good KarmaI find it heartwarming when I can trace a web of good karma in the world, where one kindness leads to another and influences even more goodness. When my husband’s mother passed away in 2011, he had to clean out his parent’s home and one thing that he was unable to give away was his Dad’s old bike.
Take What You NeedWith the election around the corner and the global pandemic continuing to impact our world, it’s hard to know what we need these days to get by. But last week, I got an email from my friend, Michelle, who runs My Village Well and it filled me right up, so I wanted to share it with you.
Bringing the World to UsWhen my daughter started playing soccer in first grade, we were required to complete a certain number of volunteer hours with the club. There were several opportunities, but the one that sounded best to me was to host a soccer coach for a couple of weeks through an organization called UK Internation
Happy Valentine's DayI know a lot of people feel like this day is just a Hallmark holiday and the statistics support this. According to The National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics annual survey, consumers are planning to spend $175 on average on Valentine’s Day this year, roughly $10 more than they b
Building a coop (and community)When Happy Hollow Park & Zoo decided it needed a new chicken coop for its brood of heritage birds, they went to Happy Hollow Foundation, the nonprofit partner that raises money to support the park and zoo. The coop was included with other projects on a Happy Hollow wish list that was presented to th
The tale of a turquoise tableI’m all about community — I love bringing people together, being part of our neighborhood and the idea that we can all take care of each other. This is exactly why my friend, Jenn, gave me the book “The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard” for my birthday a few y
Do nonprofits matter?Have you ever wondered exactly what nonprofits do in our community? According to the National Council of Nonprofits (Nonprofit Impact Matters: How America’s Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen Communities and Improve Lives), “America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits feed, heal, shelter, educate, ins
VillaCalleSJ: Rain or Shine!VivaCalleSJ was held in San Jose a few weeks ago — even in the pouring rain with claps of thunder and lighting brightening up the sky. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, VivaCalleSJ is a free event that opens six miles of San Jose streets to bring people to walk, bike, skate, play and explore