North End Lifestyle

How we work and play in the North End

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In sociology a lifestyle is the way a person lives. This includes patterns of social relations, consumption, entertainment, and dress. A lifestyle typically also reflects an individual’s attitudes, values or worldview.

Having a specific “lifestyle” means engaging in a characteristic bundle of behaviors that makes sense to both others and the self in different times and places. Therefore, a lifestyle can be used to forge a sense of self identity and to create cultural symbols for the way a person is. The behaviors and practices within lifestyles are a mixture of habits, conventional ways of doing things, and reasoned actions.

~ from Wikipedia

The Northender

There are dozens of characteristics that can be attributed to a Northender. We are sometimes described on a whole as “liberal tree-huggers” even though most North End residents, even today, were born in Idaho, the most conservative state in America. We are also described as progressive, free thinkers, independent and activists.

I can only speak from personal experience when describing what a Northender is. I personally don’t like labels, but I think I can say accurately that:

• Northenders love dogs
• Northenders want to be outdoors
• Northenders enjoy all four seasons
• Northenders cherish kids
• Northenders enjoy good food
• Northenders have strong beliefs
• Northenders want to help
• Northenders make a difference

This list is virtually endless. It is positive and embodies a “strictness” of what is fair in all things.


Northenders define volunteerism – we enjoy one of the highest rates of school volunteerism in America. Rick and Rob’s mother started volunteering at Washington School when they were kids – that was over 60 years ago. Mrs. T, as we have come to call her, “retired” as a school volunteer a few years back. During that time she worked with thousands of kids and their parents who also volunteered at Washington.

While my kids were at Washington the ratio of volunteers to class room was around 3 per class per day. They run the computer lab, work in the classroom, coordinate art instruction, and the PTA adds gardens, shelters and helps keep the beautiful school grounds in shape.

Health and Wellness

Northenders are serious about their health and the health of others. Wellness and preventive care in its many forms isn’t the exclusive domain of only those who can afford it. Here is a definition of health promotion from the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of learning experiences that enhance awareness, increase motivation, and build skills and, most important, through the creation of opportunities that open access to environments that make positive health practices the easiest choice.