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Be Inspired By Your Noisy Neighbors

Ever find yourself not knowing quite what to say to your noisy neighbor? An article in The New Yorker points to a recently discovered cache of Marcel Proust’s letters to his noisy upstairs neighbor. The letters show how seemingly mundane annoyances can be a catalyst for artistic expression.

The letters are playful and witty. Proust complains of excess noise from upstairs by inquiring, “If your charming son, innocent of the noise that martyrizes me, is nearby, please give him my best wishes.” Along with a note requesting that hammering occur in the evening rather than the morning, for example, Proust sent a gift of four pheasants to soften the blow. And yet, despite such nagging, Proust’s comment on hearing of a death in his neighbor’s family speaks to how our neighbors sneak into our lives and our affections. He writes “And I’ve so fallen into the habit, without knowing you, of sympathizing with your sorrows and joys, through the partition where I feel you invisible and present, that the news of the death of Monsieur your brother has deeply distressed me.” The next time you are annoyed by a neighbor’s noise, consider seeing the noise as an inspiration and write a charming letter – just like Proust!

 

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Can lunch change the world?

Almost four million British people ate lunch with their neighbors yesterday. June 1st marked the sixth annual celebration of The Big Lunch, an initiative that aims to get as many people across the UK as possible to eat lunch with their neighbors on the first Sunday in June. The project aims to feed community spirit, build stronger neighborhoods, and combat social isolation by providing a forum for neighbors to get to know each other and become involved in their communities. The simple act of neighbors eating lunch together once a year is having real positive impacts on communities across the UK. Nearly all participants report feeling closer to their neighbors afterwards, and two thirds go on to hold other events in their communities. Sometimes a little lunch can do a lot of good. Click here for the full story, and visit thebiglunch.com for ideas and materials to organize your own neighborhood lunch.

 

 

Can lunch change the world?

Almost four million British people ate lunch with their neighbors yesterday. June 1st marked the sixth annual celebration of The Big Lunch, an initiative that aims to get as many people across the UK as possible to eat lunch with their neighbors on the first Sunday in June. The project aims to feed community spirit, build stronger neighborhoods, and combat social isolation by providing a forum for neighbors to get to know each other and become involved in their communities. The simple act of neighbors eating lunch together once a year is having real positive impacts on communities across the UK. Nearly all participants report feeling closer to their neighbors afterwards, and two thirds go on to hold other events in their communities. Sometimes a little lunch can do a lot of good. Click here for the full story, and visit thebiglunch.com for ideas and materials to organize your own neighborhood lunch.

 

How did you help your neighbors this Memorial Day?

For many, Memorial Day is about beaches and barbeques. But in Kent County, Delaware this holiday weekend, a community came together to honor veterans by helping their neighbors. After a tornado hit the region on Thursday evening, neighbors joined forces to help the community recover. Marydel Fire Chief Buffy Madden found the communal support a fitting part of the day.  “This is the American way right here. I mean they’re in need,” said Madden. “How can we enjoy the holiday when someone else is in need.”

Or as one girl helping her grandfather put it “Since it’s Memorial Day we figured we’d come out and help him since he’s a veteran.” Click here for the full story.

How did you help your neighbors this Memorial Day?

For many, Memorial Day is about beaches and barbeques. But in Kent County, Delaware this holiday weekend, a community came together to honor veterans by helping their neighbors. After a tornado hit the region on Thursday evening, neighbors joined forces to help the community recover. Marydel Fire Chief Buffy Madden found the communal support a fitting part of the day.  “This is the American way right here. I mean they’re in need,” said Madden. “How can we enjoy the holiday when someone else is in need.” Or as one girl helping her grandfather put it “Since it’s Memorial Day we figured we’d come out and help him since he’s a veteran.” Click here for the full story.

Chairs = Love

 After 64-year-old Charlie George was diagnosed with leukemia, his neighbor Shellye Arnold noticed his usual walks around the block with his dogs were becoming increasingly difficult and decided to help. She started “Chairs for Charlie,” placing specially marked chairs along Charlie’s regular walking route so that he could stop and rest. Other neighbors soon joined in the cause, adding extra chairs and even water bowls for Charlie’s dogs. Because of his neighbors, Charlie now has 20 places to rest along his walking route and the strength to keep walking. “We don’t have to sit in them to get energized,” Charlie said. “The thought of putting those chairs out makes you think about that there are other people and they care about you and watch out for you and try to help.” Click here to read the full story.

Chairs = Love

After 64-year-old Charlie George was diagnosed with leukemia, his neighbor Shellye Arnold noticed his usual walks around the block with his dogs were becoming increasingly difficult and decided to help. She started “Chairs for Charlie,” placing specially marked chairs along Charlie’s regular walking route so that he could stop and rest. Other neighbors soon joined in the cause, adding extra chairs and even water bowls for Charlie’s dogs. Because of his neighbors, Charlie now has 20 places to rest along his walking route and the strength to keep walking. “We don’t have to sit in them to get energized,” Charlie said. “The thought of putting those chairs out makes you think about that there are other people and they care about you and watch out for you and try to help.” Click here to read the full story.

Take my kidney!

It’s not everyday that a neighbor offers to donate his kidney to you. This is exactly what happened in Minnesota where Chuck offered to donate his kidney to his neighbor Melvin after finding out that he had been searching over a year for a donor. Coincidentally, this conversation happened over a monthly neighborhood dinner hosted by another neighbor.

Click here to see a the full story.

Take my kidney!

It’s not everyday that a neighbor offers to donate his kidney to you. This is exactly what happened in Minnesota where Chuck offered to donate his kidney to his neighbor Melvin after finding out that he had been searching over a year for a donor. Coincidentally, this conversation happened over a monthly neighborhood dinner hosted by another neighbor.

Click here to see a the full story.

Our Mission: Inspiring Our Neighbors

We provide rental housing for over 1,200 people, and our staff believes that housing is the most fundamental of needs. Almost all of our staff lives in our communities, and each morning we are there as residents embark on their day. We expect our residents to pass on to others the good service, good deeds, and acts of kindness we provide every day. Our staff works hard to inspire our residents so that they can inspire others. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, the staff’s deeds spread across our properties, to our neighbors, down our blocks, and into the entire region.