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|From: Sharon Villines (SharonVillinesprodigy.net)|
|Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 19:35:22 -0500|
On the issue of defining intentional communities: I like the comment on the two conflicting definitions of "intentional" and echoes the current problems with the definition of conservative--the Rockefeller vs. the Jerry Falwell. But in fact, no matter how clear a whole community defines itself, individuals in a community can vary widely. One person may have a political agenda and another just wants a swimming pool or convenient babysitting. In Synergy, one of the things I like is that we seem to be developing support for each person's "intentions" for the community--some quite strong. One wants a commitment to meditation and the quiet life to show and another the commitment to sustainability and another to the importance of communities to children. Thus if this list includes the range of points of view of "intentional" we will also cover all the individual positions. It is no problem for the list to get large--you just hit the delete key for those messages that are not interesting to you. I'm on a list where I can get up to 100 messages a day, though usually 50-75, I delete fast. But the messages I keep are invaluable to me. The size of the list is a real advantage when I need information. The thing I would most like to see here are more messages about life in cohousing, like the one today from Patty Mara. When I first joined there was a thread of stories about children in cohousing. I will be eternally grateful for all the help on technical issues like names of banks that have made cohousing loans, etc., but the stories are also important so that those of us who are still in the formative stages keep a view of cohousing that is composed of more than financial plans, marketing flyers, databases of prospects, etc. Sharon Villines, Who has moved from Manhattan the movie set to Florida the postcard. Synergy Cohousing, Delray Beach, FL http://www.cohousing.net Where we are confronting construction loans and co-developers--or rather, the lack of! And where we still have several large units available--3-4 bedrooms.
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