While visiting a town in Union County, New Jersey, I noticed something really nice. Park benches were positioned to face each other. It's an arrangement that enables people to have honest to goodness face-to-face conversations. It gives people from the community a place to relax and catch up with one another. It may seem strange that a couple of park benches made me happy but think about the times we're living in: So many of our conversations happen on a cell phone or computer. Lots of our communication happens via text messages.