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|From: Jim Slotta (JDSST17vms.cis.pitt.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Apr 94 12:55 CDT|
Hello everybody. I have enjoyed and learned alot from your shared experiences and insights about cohousing. I have to say that my interest in cohousing has honestly been raised as a result of my subscription to this list -- and I haven't been at all interested in having my interest raised in anything, but so it goes... I subscribed back in Sept, 1993, just as this list really became active (or so it appears from a reading of the archives). I noticed that fred Olson asked for introductions from first time contributors; here's mine. Jim Slotta. Single. 29 yrs old. BS in physics (CIT, 1987). Nearly PhD in cognitive psychology (Pitt). Nearly honorary degree in home restoration (independant study in a 7 bedroom, 1899 Victorian dump I bought 3 yrs ago). *hobbies and interests* (besides grad school and home projects): nature and health, land, trees, water, etc; cooking; gardening; camping, canoing, skiing, bicycles; pocket billiards and beer (sometimes home-brewed); remote-controlled model airplanes. *interest in co-housing* I first heard the term co-housing in 1985, at a "new- age retreat" in Belgium. I remember the Denmark communities were listed, along with Findhorn, etc. as possible expensive field trips that I couldn't afford to take. I also remember a videotape (Peter Russell?) that showed aerial views of the Danish communities, all ordered and centralized (like a healthy, multi- celled organism), in contrast with overhead shots of the chaotic urban structures of the US (which were compared to a cancerous tumor). I remember that these comparisaons seemed contrived, but the images stuck. I've always intended on living as part of an intentional community, having spent a good deal of my childhood in one (anyone familiar with the ICA?) My experiences weren't generally positive, but I guess a person can never go back to the monatomic plan. Perhaps this is an encouraging sign for co-housing, that children raised in community prefer it; perhaps its just a statement about the "plasticity" of children. (either way...) Having browsed through the archives using the gopher server, I can say that they are very usable. Somebody's comment about being careful in composing our subject lines was quite true: it doesn't seem so important when you're reading the contributions right from your e-mailbox, but when you're scrolling through an archived list, the subject lines are the all-important thing. Congratulations on establishing a very useful, important electronic discussion! - Jim Slotta (jdsst17 [at] cis.vms.pitt.edu) ... hugging the slow lane on the information superhig h w a y
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