"We live in a beautiful house that was
built in 1993. The layout is lovely, but it definitely lacks the character and dignity of the circa-1920 house I grew up in. You can hear everything going on here—toilets flushing, conversations in other rooms, and so forth. But the walls in my old house were made of good old-fashioned plaster, which certainly kept secrets a whole lot better than today's new-fangled drywall."
—Megan Kearney-Bailie, New Fairfield, Conn.