One of my favorite places in my home to sit is in a really comfortable chair that faces a big window looking out on some nearby houses and a cornfield (I live on the edge of a fairly small Iowa town). I usually sit there in the morning with a cup of coffee as I do some reading and taking of notes for future Simple Dollar articles, and sometimes I’ll just gaze out the window and see what the neighbors are doing.

I live in a pretty modest area of town. There’s a section of houses about a mile south of me that are much larger and nicer than our house, and another section of houses about a mile east that are even larger and nicer than those houses.

When I look around, I see a lot of Toyotas and Hondas sitting in driveways. Most of them are several years old, a lot of “late-model, used” stuff.

I see a lot of gardens in the backyards. I see a lot of modest decks, big enough…

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