|A gathering place||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 22:29:16 -0600|
Robyn Williams, Pinakarri Community, Fremantle, Western Australia Unnat <Zen [at] iinet.net.au> is the author of the message below but due to a problem it was posted by the Fred the list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Hi everyone, Throughout the 7 1/2 years of planning, designing, conflicting, evolving, building, etc coming together to share meals has provided the social glue. We've crammed into tiny flats, spread out in bigger bungalows, picnicked by the river in summer and huddled around fire circles in winter. I have observed; Relaxed social interaction, people sharing their stories, dreams and disappointments Celebrations, songs Announcements of pregnancies, couplings and uncouplings, life changes Undivided attention as the children perform yet another spontaneous play or concert Light-hearted comments made about spiky community or personal topics Deep and meaningful conversations Tete-a-tetes to clear the air Shoulders being cried on Impromptu meetings Howling good times I can't imagine how we would have reached this point intact without them. Very early on, the common house became a non-negotiable. To this end, because we are 2/3rds publicly funded rental housing, and in spite of resistance from the funding administrators, we each forfeited $'s to be spent on our individual homes towards the building of our common house. I'm not into absolutes but a place(s) to gather is pretty important. Fondly Robyn Williams Pinakarri Community Fremantle, Western Australia
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