I was dashing out for a walk before darkness fell but a couple walking up Castle Street waylaid me by crossing the street to introduce themselves. This is what community life is like – we can’t do everything on our own schedules. But there’s a big upside. I not only met two neighbors, but heard that they are happy about the bulletin board I put up on the corner of my property, at Castle and Hollenbeck, and that they like the email list (a virtual bulletin board or BBS) even more. I explained that I got the idea for a board from my London neighborhood, and here you can see photos of the board in Camberwell and the new one, 3,000 miles away in Great Barrington.

Later, after watching the beautiful moonrise from Knob Hill, I decided I should write a message explaining how to use the list. Embarrassingly, I discovered that I hadn