My African-American neighbors, Victor and Brenda Owens, put the lie to the oft-heard refrain that blacks and whites live next to one another in
Victor has been a godsend in all seasons by snowblowing my walks, trimming my hedges, sawing a fallen tree, and opening a clogged drain. Brenda has often sent over a plate after an evening barbeque and negotiated jointly for us with contractors. I am cheered by the whole family's greetings and conversations over the fence. I hope they never move.
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