Enjoying My Time at Home This Summer

By Marcy. I’m lucky to enjoy my days during our lockdown. My life revolves around four major activities. The first is communicating with people. From the outset, I have spent a lot of time connecting with people whether they are companions here in town, good friends...

Butterflies In Our Backyards

By Lisa LK. Although our lives have changed a lot these past few months, the cycle of Nature continues much as we know it. Butterflies, those delicate, often colorful creatures we see mostly in the daytime, are back, fluttering around our yards. With six legs, all...

A Reading Addiction

By Carole W. I am an only child. Some of my earliest memories in elementary school are of reading to escape the many hours alone. I would read in the car as we drove from my home in Trenton, NJ, to visit my grandparents in Brooklyn, NY, or as we drove anywhere,...

Summer Conversation Groups

For Newcomers to Ann Arbor and to International Neighbors: Every summer I offered Conversation Groups for women who just moved to Ann Arbor or who wanted to meet during the summer when other groups had taken a summer break. This year, with the Covid 19 and shelter in...

IN shelter in place, President letter April 2020

So sheltering in place here we are all together yet apart from one another. What has it meant to your lives? Please post how it is going for you on our Facebook page, whether it is sad or funny or both or simply news about you. We want to read it. For me it has been...

In a Time of Struggle

By Tina. Only a few of my friends at International Neighbors know about my medical history so I thought I would share with the rest of you now. It is a story of tragedy and triumph which I think many of us are facing today. I hope you will find in this story a glimmer...

Hang onto your hat! Hang onto your hope!

By Yao. When recollecting the beginning of this year, everything seemed promising as the starting point of a new decade. But as news of the Coronavirus in China began to dominate the social media and my family was telling me that it was starting to spread over the...

Emotional responses to coronavirus lockdown

By Marja. The coronavirus outbreak is triggering increased anxiety and stress in our public communities. The pandemic has led to a series of losses, from our sense of safety to our social connections to our financial security. The well-founded fear of getting...