DEAR AMY: My spouse and I not too long ago bought our first house. The earlier residents had been an aged couple who handed away.

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Invoice Hogan/Chicago Tribune) 
The Red Tea Detox

After we purchased the home we didn’t know that the couple’s daughter and her husband and two teenage daughters had been our neighbors throughout the road. (One other neighbor advised us this.)

We had by no means seen them exterior, they usually by no means launched themselves.

We made plenty of exterior adjustments to the home, because it was fairly previous and dated. We painted, put in new home windows and doorways and landscaped.

DEAR AMY: I used to be involved by the query from “Lonely within the Burbs.” When you made numerous options for a way she may really feel much less lonely, you by no means urged that she ought to volunteer!

Volunteering offers individuals entry to doable friendships; it additionally offers lonely individuals a real sense of objective.

Avid Volunteer

DEAR VOLUNTEER: Completely. Along with serving the wants of the volunteer, volunteering (in fact) additionally contributes helpful service to the group.

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