Jan. 12th, 2019

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In today's fragmented world, people can improve it by reaching out to each other. Here are some ideas for building community in your neighborhood.

Hang out on your porch or in your front yard. It’s hard to get to know your neighbors if you don’t ever see them. Just by being out in front of your house you can give off a welcoming vibe that encourages interaction. If I am out in front, especially with the kiddos, every neighbor who walks by, even those I don’t know who may live many blocks away, still smiles and says hello.

Notice that infrastructure matters. A neighborhood where most or all of the houses have front porches will support community better than one with all garages in front. A pretty yard that's open to the sidewalk is more welcoming than a tall fence or hedges. These features rely a lot on the quality of citizens -- in bad neighborhoods, the houses look like fortresses.
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Day 12

In your own space, create your own challenge. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Storytelling can change the world. Sometimes it's little stuff, other times big stuff. I credit fanfic with changing the public perception of homosexuality from something unspeakable to something cute.

Judaism has a tradition called tikkun olam, or world repair. It's all about making the world a better place. Everyone is responsible not just for keeping it good shape and avoiding actions that would harm it, but for adding to the beauty and functionality in some meaningful way. You don't have to be Jewish -- I'm not -- to grasp the usefulness of this phrase. It's very popular among my fans. So I'm making this my challenge for today...

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