I know what I’m about to say may cost me a client or two and perhaps a friend or two, but this subject is too important to ignore. First let me share a bit about my background. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Zoology and Biology from San Diego State. There I learned how a healthy ecosystem and, on the grandest scale of all, the earth purifies our air and water and provides us with food. I did field work in California and Baja California, and have explored wild areas in Africa, Europe, Central America, Australia and New Zealand.
Multigenerational homes are coming back in a big way! In the 1950s, about 21%, or 32.2 million Americans shared a roof with their grown children or parents. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, the number of multigenerational homes dropped to as low as 12% in 1980 but has shot back up to 19%, roughly 60.6 million people, as recently as 2014.
Multigenerational households typically occur when adult children (over the age of 25) either choose to, or need to, remain living in their parent’s home, and then have children of their own. These households also occur when grandparents join their adult children and grandchildren in their home.
At last the “great” election day is here. I’ve been fretting like Linus and Lucy over their annual wait for the great pumpkin. Now my shoulders are a bit lower and I’m starting to exhale, but wait. I just noticed my neighbor has a sign up supporting the other candidate. OMG what am I ever to do? Clearly I can no longer be friends with this person. Clearly the years of pleasantries and mutual aid must end immediately. I’m now certain the times he has rescued my escape artist dog and loaned me tools were a ploy to get me to drop my guard and not notice his true evil nature.
Whether you're new to the neighborhood or you've lived there for years, spring is a great time to get out into your yard and get some things growing on your block. It's never too late to build a foundation for a friendship with the people who live around you!