In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time

This is a message I e-mailed to my neighbors earlier this week about something happening outside the neighborhood:

Hi Neighbor,

We both live in SoZoo, and I thought this would be fun to attend together.  I’m meeting an author whose work, In the Neighborhood : The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, inspires me and encourages me in my own work: Peter Lovenheim.

Time & Location

I hope to see you there! 

If you’re driving there, call me and I’ll hop in,
if you’re bussing, let’s bus it together!

Buy the book if you’d like to have a SoZoo book group!
~Bree

None of my neighbors could make it, but several thanked me for the invitation, and some for my commitment to our community.  I felt both sad and encouraged just before I went.  Read the Comment to find out what happened that evening!

3 Responses to 'In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time'

  1. Briana says:

    It was a great opportunity to meet the author, hear about how this book came to be, ask questions, and get my very own signed copy!

    Lovenheim hung out with me for a while afterward, as well as a local woman named Donna. Peter encouraged me to write an article about what I’m undertaking for a local paper, and consider writing a book.

    Donna stayed even later with me, and helped me to integrate the conversation and face my fears about writing. I went home only after buying another book, one Lovenheim had recommended: “Bird by Bird : Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott.

    That night I barely slept, and less than 24 hours after the event I had built this site and written the first 3 posts. Bird by bird! (and no ‘stones’ necessary)

  2. butterflywoman says:

    Bree, this whole project that you’re doing is pretty cool. I’m glad you are bringing neighbors together. It makes a nicer living space. You go, girl!

  3. Briana says:

    Thanks Heather, your opinion means a lot! I think it’s pretty cool. I just finfished cleaning in a new neighbor~client’s home this morning! Growing my business one neighbor at a time… keeping my world a close, cozy place.

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