|Sharing in Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonvillinesprodigy.net)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 06:56:48 -0600 (MDT)|
I suspect that there is a lot of income sharing and helping out that goes on behind the scenes--or is so customary that people aren't aware of it. --Inviting a family to dinner because you know it is the end of the week and they haven't gotten paid yet. --long term "loans" of computers, furniture, bicycles, etc. --passing along baby furniture and clothing --monetary loans, co-signing loans Just living closely enough that you know when someone needs something brings a response. But it comes without being institutionalized. The institutionalization brings with it a lot of baggage that most people do not want and which cohousing has done a good job of avoiding. This is really a different subject, but we are enormously culturally diverse. Much more that one would think and that is one reason why we avoid institutionalization. I'm on a list where we do a lot of discussion of life in England--a small country with one theater world, one film industry, one Queen. We tried to play the Kevin Bacon game with Judi Dench and had to do it in reverse--It was impossible to find any actor who was more than 3 degrees removed from her--and there was only one of them. Everyone, young or old, had worked in a production with her. That would never happen with an American actor. I recently had the occasion to explain to "them" the differences between life in California and life in Alabama. Santa Fe vs. Philadelphia or Cape Cod. It was a very interesting discussion and one which pointed out how much we believe that we are all alike because we watch the same TV stations. But differ enormously. -- Sharon Villines MacGuffin Guide to Detective Fiction http://www.macguffin.net Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington, DC http://www.home.earthlink.net/~takomavillag/
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