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An Unlikely Friendship

Ten years ago, I began an unlikely friendship. I’d like to tell you about my friend because I’ve never met anyone like her. She’s beautiful but gritty; she tells you how it is. And if you’re like me and don’t get it the first time, she’ll show you how it is. We’ve looked out for each other. We’ve forgiven each other when we’ve said or done the wrong thing. I’ve enjoyed watching her children run and play on the street,…

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Thoughts That Occurred to Me While Driving

This week I drove to the grocery store. Grocery shopping is not one of the items on my Favorites List because it takes so much money, planning & time. I was grumbling about going because it was 7 pm and it was the last thing I wanted to do with my night, but we were down to crusts of bread. So in an attempt to be a good & responsible parent, I headed to the store. I drove past the…

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The New Urbanism?

  Large, inviting front porches. Walkable, well-lit streets. Shared green spaces. Sidewalks to encourage pedestrian traffic. Affordable, gorgeous, well-built homes. Close proximity to downtown. Block parties. Diversity. Children playing basketball on makeshift street courts. Neighbors greeting each other as they walk their dogs or shovel snow. Access to great schools. Bike lanes. Nearby, mixed-use commercial corridors. This weekend I was listening to NPR’s coverage of the Mueller Community in Austin. For those who don’t follow this series, NPR is currently featuring…

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