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Some interesting, thoughtful posts about neighborliness at this blog. But I wish the author’s tone wasn’t quite so strident about copyright – I don’t suppose there are as many people as she thinks out to steal her prose. I’m all for copyright, naturally, as a publisher and author – but let’s lighten up. Good practice in neighborly relationships, too, don’t you think?

In this age of texting and Skyping, email and Facebook, we have what I call the illusion of connection, but I believe many people crave deeper connections with each other. More neighborly connections. Quiet moments where people who may not share any kind of common past can share a street, can know each other enough to agree to take in each other