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The Leisureville Alarm – Meet the Author

Last week I reviewed nationally acclaimed and New York Times reviewed book, Leisureville. In today’s podcast I have an interview with the book’s author Andrew Blechman. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, Andrew Blechman conducted the most in-depth research into the retirement community boom in America. These aren’t just small, benign communities dotting the landscape

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Reality vs Fantasy – A Survey

This blog is all about the joys, challenges and opportunities of community life.  There is of course another community of which I’m a part and by extension so is this blog.  That’s the online community that includes bloggers, readers and the whole gamut of web 2.0 forums that help us to connect, interactively with one

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New Urbanism Developments Clashing with the Real Thing?

New urbanism is a nod to the past and an acknowledgment that we love to live in neighborhoods where we can stroll to the corner store, socialize with friends and family close to home, utilize public amenities and services that help us to live in an eco-friendly ways, and work in an office down the

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Neighborly Chat – Try It

Are you one of those people who run hurriedly into the house/car/garage the minute you glance your neighbor next door? It’s okay to admit your neighbor phobia because of course you’re not alone. But really do you think it would be that bad if you were to stop and talk for a minute? I’m not

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Hard to Go Vegan on July 4th Weekend

I’ve been thinking about it and I’m not really certain that I can go vegan…yet. I’m pretty convinced by the argument that our modern means of keeping animals for slaughter and the slaughtering process itself contributes to our ill health and harms the environment. Hopefully with all this attention there will be an increasing effort

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Graduation Joy

What makes our communities so special are the interests we share and the bonds that develop because of it. Don’t underestimate it. Those bonds help to shape your community in ways that can enhance your family’s development, build your career or business, and ultimately help the wider community at large. Last night I witnessed how

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Our Town: Pictures and Music

This morning I read once again an article that highlighted a reporter’s misperception about new urbanism. He explained how new urbanist communities are the ideal communities for those who want to live the green lifestyle but that “most people” can’t afford to live in these communities. Every time I read this I have to sigh.

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A Little Inspiration

When you feel uninspired and unenthusiastic about your work or life priorities at hand, what do you do?  Do you read inspirational literature or maybe put on your favorite CD? Being the community obsessed person that I am I often get inspiration from travel and when I can’t travel (which is most of the time) I

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What Is So Special About Where You Live?

Today’s brainy quote that I found on the web: “A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.” Aristotle I like this quote because it is so true about so many cities.  Sure New York is great with its 9 million residents, but so are many smaller cities in the U.S. and elsewhere. What makes a

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Dealing Effectively with Major Changes in Our Lives

Being a mom today can be exhilarating, joyful, maddening and anxiety ridden–often all at once. We deal with demands from various corners of our communities including our families, our clients, our employers, our girlfriends, our neighbors and ourselves. Most of those demands and issues we can address without too much inner stress. But how well

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