Introducing the Good Neighbor Stories 2013 Datebook


I am very proud to announce that pre-sales are underway for the Good Neighbor Stories 2013 Datebook! Now you can start every day feeling good about the world using the inspirational stories and photos from this very blog.

“Be a good neighbor, share good stories,” has always been at the heart of what I’ve encouraged here, and my hope is that the datebook will motivate users to do both each day of 2013.

Throughout the datebook you’ll see some of the wonderful volunteers and organizations featured on the website, like Yasmine Davis of Make a Birthday Wish, the teen who throws birthday parties for less fortunate kids, and Dave Severns, who before he passed away raised thousands of dollars for the hungry through his amazing Christmas light display, plus many more.

You can see a low resolution preview PDF of the datebook here.

The datebook would not have happened without my friends Derrick Kikuchi and Craig Wiesner at Reach and Teach. We became friends two years ago after I featured their peace and social justice learning company on this blog. Derrick proposed the idea of the datebook over lunch one day, and we have been working together since then to pull it all together. Orders for the book are on their Reach and Teach website.

I’m also deeply grateful to all the people featured in the book who gifted me with the privilege of telling their stories.

In addition to the uplifting articles and full-color illustrations, the 8 ½-inch x 5 ½-inch spiral-bound datebook includes inspirational quotes for each week, reminders of holidays and important dates from a diverse array of perspectives, and generous space to jot down appointments and special occasions.

Oakland-based Design Action Collective created the eye-catching design, and the book will be printed on recycled materials with soy ink by Inkworks Press in Berkeley.

Order a copy for yourself, and consider ordering extras to give as inspirational holiday gifts!

Here’s a list of stories featured in the datebook:

  • Nvidia’s “holiday party” community service event
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church service trips to New Orleans
  • Make a Birthday Wish
  • Retired cops changing lives in Alviso
  • The Second Harvest Food Bank Produce Mobile
  • Kitten foster parents for the Humane Society
  • Rebuilding Alliance founder helping others around the world
  • Neighborhood mural revitalized by volunteers
  • Project WeHOPE Warming Shelter
  • 88,000 Christmas lights feed the hungry




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