Monthly Archives: September 2013

Conflict is Community

You can experience conflict as a battle of wills, or you can experience it as a process of transformation. Launching my career Twelve years ago, around the time of the dot-com bust (2001), I got licensed as a Realtor in

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Are you stuck?

Wendell Berry is a constant source of inspiration for me. Here is one of my favorite poems: Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front “Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid

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Barn raising in suburbia

“Be the change you want to see in the world” so often gets lost in abstractness. In your own neighborhood it is concrete the instant you step out your front door. Finding “home” in urban sprawl Can you point to

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7 easy steps to build community through your Realtor

What if you knew your neighbors before you moved in? Prioritizing relationships over personal preferences Most buyer’s come to me with a home shopping approach of “personal preference” first: How many bedrooms do I want? What kind of flooring do I

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How to make neighborhood involvement fun

My first neighborhood meeting kind of stressed me out. Before arriving I had images of a dreamy potluck style gathering inside a cozy room full of mutual understanding, and neighbors making decisions by group consensus. Instead, it was more of a

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