My neighbor put in a lovely garden this year, but half of it has encroached over the property line into my yard. Is there anything I can do and still be a good neighbor?
Recently, I read an article about an organization in Vancouver, British Columbia, called City Farmer, which helps residents set up urban gardens. It matches people who are looking for space to grow a garden with those who have a back yard or garden plot they would like to share. Although this sounds like a great initiative, you seem to have the problem of “forced garden sharing.”
My aunt really shouldn’t be living alone anymore. She can get by with her nieces and nephews helping, but it’s wearing us out. She refuses to move – what can we do?
As we age, our abilities and capacities become more limited, slower and somehow unpredictable. This is difficult for many seniors to accept because it leads to feelings of insecurity and fears about losing independence and autonomy.
They are planning to put a mosque in my neighborhood – along with the noisy call to prayer that occurs several times a day. Is it unreasonable for me to protest?
We live in a world of religious pluralism. Pilgrims came to America aboard the Mayflower in search of religious freedom. Millions have followed and been free to practice their own faith.
My mom “surprised” me by flying in for a visit. I had other plans for that weekend, and her unannounced trip really threw a monkey wrench into them. How can I prevent this from happening again without making her feel rejected?
Regrettably, some parents have difficulty understanding that their adult children have the right to live their own lives and make their own plans – and they must be respected. There are two possible reactions to this situation, and both have merits.
My neighbor’s son is a bully who scares the kids in the neighborhood. His parents seem oblivious – is there something I can or should do?
Yes, you should do something. Bullying is a tough problem and all of us should be involved in preventing and stopping it. As Ephesians 4:32 reminds us, it is important to “Be kind to one another.”
My adult son does not want to move out of the house. Any suggestions about how I can get him to grow up and move on?
When discussing this issue it is important to remember that millions of adult children are still living at home and, in today’s economy, it is likely they are doing so for financial reasons. Still, it can be challenging for both parties.
Can men and women just be friends? Or was Billy Crystal right in When Harry met Sally when he says that it’s not possible without romantic feelings getting in the way?
Psychologist Linda Sapadin wrote about this topic: “The belief that men and women can’t be friends comes from another era in which women were at home and men were in the workplace, and the only way they could get together was for romance. Now they work together and share sports interests and socialize together.”
One of my co-workers informed me that, not only is she a vegetarian, it is unacceptable for her if her veggie burgers are cooked on a grill that has cooked meat, or with utensils that have touched meat. How far do I need to go to accommodate these requests?
My dog bit a neighbor’s child – it was the first time, and the kid was teasing him. Although the insurance company says the dog gets ‘one strike,’ our neighbors want our dog put down. What do we do with our beloved pet?
This is a no-win situation for everyone involved. I suggest a conversation between you and your neighbors. If possible, invite a mediator from the Humane Society to be present.