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Backdoor Neighbors

backdoorMy neighbors and I are backdoor neighbors.  Every single one of us knows that if we want to visit with another person on the street we use the backdoor;  none of us use our front doors. For me knocking on my front door is a major signal that you don’t even know me, and you are most likely a sales rep.  We don’t have a home owner’s association which forces us to get together, we are just a small community in a town in the US.

We run around to the back door to visit, check up on each other and pass out Christmas cards.  Even one of the local politicians knows that this neighborhood is full of backdoor neighbors and uses our back doors when she is campaigning, which I have to admit was a bit unnerving until I found out she lived around the corner. Another neighbor actually has their post box located by their back stoop, I am sure the post man just loves that.  During the summer you can find most of our back doors open with only the screen door closed to keep out the bugs and neighborhood cats who don’t live at that house.  I am the shyest of all the residents so I am not one to go knocking on doors very often, but I have had to.  This past summer one of my cat’s got locked up in the neighbor’s garage.  He had played around in the garage attic and they forgot he was up there.  It was actually pretty comical because I could hear him meowing all day and I couldn’t do anything until someone got home.  He did have food and water in the garage, which is one reason why he spends time over there he will eat food from any old cat dish.

So really what does this mean? It means first that we are comfortable enough with each other that we are free to travel across their property.  There is also a very definite sense of community and caring between all of us.  We do check on each other.  When I had the flu right after Thanksgiving this year my neighbors came to check up on me, they became concerned about the fact that my car was still home during the day.  They all knew I had just started a job and were all worried that the job had ended.  When they found out I was home sick they brought me soup and crackers.  Also, recently a neighbor lost a spouse. Many of us attended the memorial service to help support her.  When it came time to share about her husband those in the neighborhood all said the same thing about her husband, “He was the first person I met on the street and he was so thoughtful.”   We also had our first Christmas gathering in ages at one of the neighbor’s homes.  She welcomed us in for dinner.  We are planning a summer gathering now.

Torn Down and Still Standing

Book Review: The Wishing Rock Theory of Life by Pam Stucky

The people of Wishing Rock, WA have returned!

In Pam Stucky’s second book we pick up right where the first book ended.  The style of narrative takes the form of emails, text messages and one or two old hand written letters from the past.  The story captivates you from beginning to end with the witty and heartwarming conversations of this community who all live in the same building on a little island in the middle of Puget Sound.  The women of the community set out on monthly activities: dancing, boot camp (I sympathized with that one), and going to a lovely spa for mud baths, massages and all sorts of relaxation. While the men set out to look for a ‘buried treasure’ only to also learn a little about some of their pasts in the process.  We meet a few new members and visitors to the community and get to imagine exactly what some of the distillery’s new flavours taste like.  There is a bit of a mystery and we learn more about everyone on the Island.  The book also has a few recipes that the community share with each other.  If you enjoy funny, heartwarming and an engaging story you should pick up a copy of  The Wishing Rock Theory of Life.

All I know is I wish I could move to Wishing Rock. I can’t wait for book three!

Book Review: Letters From Wishing Rock

I bought this book to support a new writer who I know of. I knew her writing would be good and that I would enjoy the book, but I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to put it down until the very last page.  It was a delightfully entertaining story about a young woman who relocates to an Island in the middle of Puget Sound and how she learns to trust in love again. I giggled through a great deal of the book as a result of the witty writing.  Now this book isn’t written in the usual prose format, the author uses the form of emails and texts from different characters to tell the story of Wishing Rock. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a well written book of fiction.

You can find it at online retailers in many formats.  I would visit Pam’s website to find out what formats it is available in. http://pamstucky.com/

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