It was raining this morning. I was thankful for that. Running up my last hill on the final stretch, I stopped. There it was. The sign I have been waiting for. "Everything Must Go." I have run past this store hundreds of times, but today was different.
The world these days is in need of a good story like Howard's. You might not be able to change the world, but you can definitely leave an impact in your own small surrounding. Kudos to the power of community that is bringing us the good stories that we are constantly striving for.
How we experience purchases of coffee and baked goods may sound fairly trivial, and elitist. But, based on my current immersion in the south of France, I have come to think these simple interactions offer valuable lessons for how to live in neighborhoods and cities.
When we use a broad brush to tag some neighborhoods "bad," we're not doing justice to the people who actually live in them. What's more, we let ourselves off the hook, dismissing "bad" areas as places to avoid, not to engage. We rob ourselves of the chance to learn what's really happening in any given place.
For many Americans, a mortgage is indeed the most attractive way to borrow because interest rates are not only low, but also the interest is often tax-deductible.
Outside of places like Portland and maybe New York City, not having a car -- especially when you are a suburban mother of three -- is a sign and symbol of having Blown It Big Time. But we are without a car. It was an easy decision at the time: We couldn't pay the rent.