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One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.

For thousands of years, entire Eskimo families have clustered inside a single igloo. Pueblo Indians used sun-dried bricks to construct multi-storied “apartment buildings.”  People, it seems, live well when they live in close proximity to one another.

  Proximity, however, requires politeness…a fair amount of courtesy and consideration. Our lives are the fullest when we feel the power of life in our neighbors – even through the sound of footsteps on the floor above.

  • At night, for consideration of all ground floor apartment dwellers, use your parking lights as you park your car.
  • A watchful eye surveying the neighborhood is the most effective security system.


  • Isolate your stereo speakers. The vibes might not be in sync with your neighbor’s rhythm.

Home: Celebrating the Spaces of Your Heart by Renee Garrisonand Tom Szumlic