Re: The miracle of cohousing: National Cohousing Day
From: lilbert (
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 16:25:23 -0700 (MST)
Some people will make any excuse they can for a party!


Liz Stevenson
Southside Park Cohousing
Sacramento, California

>From: "Rob Sandelin" <floriferous [at]>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <cohousing-l [at]>
>Subject: The miracle of cohousing: National Cohousing Day
>Date: Tue, Dec 19, 2000, 2:53 PM

> I was reminded the other day that there is a miracle in our midst here!
> I was talking with a local business person in the small town near where I
> live and the conversation  turned to cohousing. This person could not
> believe that people, who for the most part are strangers to each other,
> could cooperatively band together to build a multi-million dollar real
> estate development, and do so with some "dream" in mind. His response  was:
> Husbands and wives can't hardly design a house without most of them ending
> up in divorce court. NO WAY could a bunch strangers pull this off. Least not
> more than once or twice in a hundred years.
> Well I gave him the cohousing book and got him to a community dinner. He was
> stunned. He kept saying, My god, this is the best kept secret in America.
> This miracle of cooperation goes largely unseen by the rest of the country.
> And while we may complain about the meetings, the less than absolutely
> perfect development issues, there is a whole amazing thing that we take for
> granted.  And, there are dozens more of places all around the country
> following our footsteps. I think  maybe we could celebrate this miracle in
> some  kind of larger scale. Maybe a national Cohousing Day? Just a day where
> every cohousing group raises their glasses to toast, what is frankly, an
> astonishing achievement that deserves a lot more recognition and celebration
> than it gets. A collective day of admiration for ourselves.
> Ok, I'll pick a random month out of the hat, How about a day in September as
> National Cohousing Day? Throw out some press releases showing off our
> accomplishments, do an open house at  as  many groups as we can get to
> participate, and just PARTY! We deserve the party at least.
> Rob Sandelin
> Community Works!

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