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Won’t You be My Neighbor?

June 21, 2010

Fred RogersOK, I’ll admit it. I love Mister Rogers. I grew up watching the smiling man in the cardigan and sneakers who spoke in that slow, patient voice. I loved the Neighborhood of Make Believe, as well as Mister Rogers’ own TV neighborhood, which included field trips to crayon factories, fire stations and other places that hold a fascination for children. I really liked that when he left his house, you would see the cardboard cut-out neighborhood, which would suddenly include said factories or stations, as if any and all places Fred Rogers visited were a part of  his neighborhood, regardless of geographic realities. To Fred, everyone in the world was his neighbor, and how we treated each other became important.

Maybe that love for the man who wanted to be neighbor to all is what ultimately inspired me to want to write about people being good neighbors. That inspiration led me to create a web site, goodneighborstories.com. The web site is about just what the names says: stories about people being good neighbors, whether around the block or around the world. When the site goes live it will feature new stories each week about various “good neighbors”, whether it’s an individual, an organization or a business.

This blog is a companion to the web site, with more frequent updates. The blog will feature quick stories, links, and ideas about how to be a good neighbor wherever you are. It will also feature reviews of books, TV programs, web sites, movies and other media relevant to helping others. Even more importantly, this blog is a chance for you to interact with us. What are your stories about good neighbors? Please share with us in the comment section.

Welcome to the Neighborhood! I’m glad we’re neighbors.

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