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This week fires have burned more than 1 million acres in Oregon and more than 422,000 people live in evacuation zones. Scores of these have been evacuated to places around and beyond our state. Entire towns have been decimated by the fires. So many people have lost...

To Mask or Not to Mask

Isn't it remarkable how divided we can become over a piece of cotton or cloth? I mean, seriously, the whole mask debate is hot. Depending upon where you are in the country, it rages as hot as the fires blazing through the western states. Indeed, in one Whole Foods...

We Do Not All Agree…

Judgment is in the air. “To mask or not to mask.”  “Black lives matter.” “All lives matter.” “Coronavirus and COVID-19.” “The Election.” “Defund Police.” We do not all agree.  Haven’t we seen this?   With differing viewpoints come judgments - there’s a tendency to...

Bring Light

Bring Light

This week fires have burned more than 1 million acres in Oregon and more than 422,000 people live in evacuation zones. Scores of these have been evacuated to places around and beyond our state. Entire towns have been decimated by the fires. So many people have lost...

Bring Light

This week fires have burned more than 1 million acres in Oregon and more than 422,000 people live in evacuation zones. Scores of these have been evacuated to places around and beyond our state. Entire towns have been decimated by the fires. So many people have lost...

To Mask or Not to Mask

Isn't it remarkable how divided we can become over a piece of cotton or cloth? I mean, seriously, the whole mask debate is hot. Depending upon where you are in the country, it rages as hot as the fires blazing through the western states. Indeed, in one Whole Foods...

We Do Not All Agree…

Judgment is in the air. “To mask or not to mask.”  “Black lives matter.” “All lives matter.” “Coronavirus and COVID-19.” “The Election.” “Defund Police.” We do not all agree.  Haven’t we seen this?   With differing viewpoints come judgments - there’s a tendency to...

Building Community Across the Distance

Are you feeling isolated? Alone? There are ways to find creative community. In their commons, one HOA began to meet weekly. They kept distance, sitting in chairs or on blankets around the commons. But could talk and sing across the distance. They each brought their...

A Simple Conflict went South

Spend any time with members of an HOA (Homeowners Association) Community, and I guarantee you’ll hear stories of conflict. It seems you put people in close proximity with other people and the result is challenge of every variety.  Stories abound from various HOA...

Quarantine

Quarantined. #StayHomeSaveLives. We are working to flatten the curve. But as we do, being at home, juggling work, homeschool, changing schedules, along with disappointment and fear brings havoc to a heart, a family and a community. It is stressful to do all of this. ...

Compliance Violation

June described a compliance violation letter she had received from her HOA board. The letter stated her garbage can could be seen from the street. Over the years, she explained, the can size had changed so the cans no longer fit into her shelter. She said, "I feel...

Us vs Them

It began innocuously. A resident in an HOA, a member of the community received a letter saying he was in violation of the CC&Rs.  The board sought compliance. This was normal practice. This resident felt he had followed all procedures. And he pointed out how the...

Peaceful Neighbor Stories

Next Door offers posts on the "strange truck on the street," or "the sirens in the area," or the random search for a new plumber. So, on March first, I requested examples of "Good Neighbor Stories." The responses kept flowing in. Cheryl's neighbor ran power and lights...

Bring Light

This week fires have burned more than 1 million acres in Oregon and more than 422,000 people live in evacuation zones. Scores of these have been evacuated to places around and beyond our state. Entire towns have been decimated by the fires. So many people have lost...

To Mask or Not to Mask

Isn't it remarkable how divided we can become over a piece of cotton or cloth? I mean, seriously, the whole mask debate is hot. Depending upon where you are in the country, it rages as hot as the fires blazing through the western states. Indeed, in one Whole Foods...

We Do Not All Agree…

Judgment is in the air. “To mask or not to mask.”  “Black lives matter.” “All lives matter.” “Coronavirus and COVID-19.” “The Election.” “Defund Police.” We do not all agree.  Haven’t we seen this?   With differing viewpoints come judgments - there’s a tendency to...

Building Community Across the Distance

Are you feeling isolated? Alone? There are ways to find creative community. In their commons, one HOA began to meet weekly. They kept distance, sitting in chairs or on blankets around the commons. But could talk and sing across the distance. They each brought their...

A Simple Conflict went South

Spend any time with members of an HOA (Homeowners Association) Community, and I guarantee you’ll hear stories of conflict. It seems you put people in close proximity with other people and the result is challenge of every variety.  Stories abound from various HOA...

Quarantine

Quarantined. #StayHomeSaveLives. We are working to flatten the curve. But as we do, being at home, juggling work, homeschool, changing schedules, along with disappointment and fear brings havoc to a heart, a family and a community. It is stressful to do all of this. ...

Compliance Violation

June described a compliance violation letter she had received from her HOA board. The letter stated her garbage can could be seen from the street. Over the years, she explained, the can size had changed so the cans no longer fit into her shelter. She said, "I feel...

Us vs Them

It began innocuously. A resident in an HOA, a member of the community received a letter saying he was in violation of the CC&Rs.  The board sought compliance. This was normal practice. This resident felt he had followed all procedures. And he pointed out how the...

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