I keep this on/around my desktop. It is a reminder. When I was in Junior High School (I think) I remember being told that we had to go to Echo Bridge for a turf fight between the Newton side and the Needham side. Yeah, I might be a bit of a goody-two-shoes now but I ran with the rough bunch. No I didn’t. I just fit in better. Now this wasn’t going to be a “rumble” of the 1950’s but apparently we, the Newtonites, needed to claim the entire bridge from the Needhamites. Gosh forbid we split it in the middle. And I certainly couldn’t let “my side” know that I actually spent more time on the “other side” as it was nicer. So I went. But on the way there it struck me that this was more than a local issue, it was a global one. If our neighboring towns couldn’t get along then how could our neighboring states? And no wonder why the state’s had such differing views. Regions? Country? The World? It was a real moment, one that I still remember, for a 12 or 13 year old to figure out. Maybe that realization was part of what guided me to be such a neighborhood guy. Being nice, courteous, and gracious at home, with your neighbors can have a global effect. Peace shouldn’t have to be a dream, it should be an achievable goal.