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|From: allenbutcher (allenbutcherjuno.com)|
|Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 20:59:03 -0600 (MDT)|
I've been thinking more about the comment that Rob posted a while back about possible futures of cohousing. It is certainly possible that some communities may lose their cohesiveness, yet it is also possible that some may develop even closer relationships among residents. I suspect that living in close proximity can help to nurture a variety of different types of relationships. There are probably cases in cohousing where marriages or other significant relationships have broken up and individuals have reformed into new partnerships or marriages, perhaps with other residents of the community. All of the adults may remain in the community, just changing residences, and the children involved then have a richer range of parenting adults. This is, of course, called serial monogamy, while the difference is that in cohousing separated partners can be supported in maintaining at least friendly relations. Another form of relationship pattern or lifestyle choice that might evolve in some cohousing communities is where some adults may have more than one intimate relationship within the community, with all those involved being fully aware of the relationships and mutually supporting. This relationship pattern is called polyamory. There are probably all kinds of stories out there, but I really don't expect anyone to talk about them on this list as it would be difficult to respect anonymity in this network. The cohousing movement is big, but with the traveling people do among communities, many people must be quite familiar with many different communities. Actually, that would be a way to maintain anonymity, as one could always just state that the story was from another community, but then, that would sound much like a rumor, and who then would believe the story? There is potential here for someone to write a fantastic cohousing romance novel, maybe even a screen play that could be made into a movie .. hmmmmmmm, what to call it? If done well, it could be the best marketing for cohousing! Cohousing is all about relationships among people after all .... As a matter of fact, such a book could be written online, with different people contributing different chapters. Another list I am on has done this, putting together an online book about education in community. Any romance writers in cohousing? Allen
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