It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The town I live in  has long been on the frontlines of diversity. In the 1960s it was the first town in America to integrate its schools voluntarily. It is home to more than 20 synagogues, a Bahai temple, an Ethical Culture Society, an Islamic mosque, a Kingdom of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Syrian Orthodox church, Orthodox Jewish synagogues, Conservative Jewish congregations, Reform Jewish temples, as well as Baptist, Christian. Science, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, and Catholic churches. Our Mayor is Muslim and the Deputy Mayor is an Orthodox Jew.

As I took my walk through town on Monday morning I noticed these signs on many lawns

The message “Hate Has No Home Here” is written in 5 languages along with English. I am proud to live in a place that sends this message in these turbulent times.

Here are some of the other sights I saw, sure signs that Spring is on the way

Then I paused for a moment under this Dogwood that is beginning to bloom. It stands in front of my neighbor Vita’s house. We always call it Vita’s Tree, and think of her when its blooms begin to show. She died about 7 years ago from a brain tumor and suffered a great deal for over a year before she died. I am always happy to see the blooms and remember how much she loved that tree and how happy it made her. Better times.

and of course my feathered friends. This Junco usually leaves come Spring, but I guess he likes the sights too.

Spring is upon us at last!

19 thoughts on “It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  1. We loved to walk along your neighbourhood with you, DM. You have a special way of telling the stories, almost poetic…and I knew there was coming something for me too in the end 😀 Love that little birdie. The other birdie looks a little disturbed. Pawkisses for a wonderful Wordless Wednesday 🙂 ❤


  2. Great photos, pretty diversified town. Not surprising for New Jersey considering. Still, the diversification, especially in Bergen County, is refreshing. Never knew there was a torn in NJ that was the first for voluntary integration. Great to know.


    • Thanks George- many of the people I grew up with that left town were surprised to move away and find it was not like what they were used to- we took for granted that people were different and we all lived together

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  3. My juncos are still hanging around too. Every year it’s the same…one dsy they are hopping around under the feeders and the next day they’ve disappeared.

    How nice to have a tree that reminds you of your friend. I love dogwoods.


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