|RE: Re: Multiple chemical sensitivity||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Magenta Raine (tamarmagearthlink.net)|
|Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 19:42:59 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello, I am new to this listserv. I am definitely in the market for hopefully joining a community of some kind. I am a wheelchair user, and also sensitive to fragrances. For instance, dryer sheets make my throat get irritated and have migraines, and even I have bought laundry soap that was supposedly fragrance free and i go to fold my clothes and have to wash them again. So, it is not always easy to get products that are FF. I am in Oakland, and soon will have a loan, It is part of a program that allows section 8 to be applied to mortgages. I suspect and hope I'll be ready to buy by november or december! So, any co-ho looking for a new member can contact me. I am looking for a co-ho because I am tired of the isolation, and the rapid changeover in my apartment building which makes it hard to get to know each other. Here is what I am looking for; wheelchair accessibility, FF awareness, two bed room home with a yard, or a common yard where i can grow flowers, and hopefully a garage or place where I can store my extra scooter, manuel chair, and hopefully a special tricycle, which I don't have yet, but really want to get. About me: I am a writer, graphic artist, a member of the Oakland Mayor's commission on disability, and sometimes I help edit newsletters for non-prtofit orgs. I have several cats, and enjoy folk music and creating art of different types. I think it's great that co-ho has become accessibility minded. There are still too few really accessible apartments and homes. my nick name is mag or magenta, my other name is Tamar ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ tamarmag [at] earthlink.net How can we expect new results if we do what we've always done? War is outdated for the 21st century! > [Original Message] > From: Racheli Gai <racheli [at] sonoracohousing.com> > To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> > Date: 7/29/2005 8:31:31 AM > Subject: [C-L]_ Re: Multiple chemical sensitivity > > I'd add to what Sharon says that some things that at some point in time > seem like a "cause", > can become eventually part of life which isn't designated as such. For > example: many communities, > I suspect, take on themselves the task of building houses which are > handicapped -accessible. > Yes, there are laws in place to enforce some level of this, but by now > I think our consciousness > has evolved to a point that making extra efforts to accommodate > wheel-chairs and such doesn't > seem like a "cause", but has been assimilated into a fairly mainstream > outlook of what spaces, > public and otherwise, should be. This is regardless of whether the > group has a handicapped > person(s) among its members. I'm sure that a couple of decades ago > this wasn't the case. > > My point is that what gets marked as a "cause" is that which hasn't > been assimilated (yet?) into > enough people's consciousness, and that this is an ever-shifting state > of affairs. Which isn't > to say that on every issue there is a change, or that a change is > always in a predictable > direction. > R. > > > > > > On Jul 28, 2005, at 7:16 PM, Becky Weaver wrote: > > > >> What level of sensitivity do your community members have (mild - > >> moderate - severe)? > >> [snip] Do most cohousing-friendly people take a fragrance-free policy > >> in stride? I'm trying to develop a sense of perspective. > > > > I think these two sentences go together -- some communities may have > > no members who are fragrance sensitive. Is it important for that > > community to be fragrance free? > > > > I think it is much better to be "fragrance sensitive." Setting a > > policy that the community is fragrance free will make the "fragrance > > unaware" feel very paranoid because they it will not be natural for > > them. > > > > If you have people who are fragrance or chemical sensitive, then as a > > community you can determine how far you can go in accommodating them. > > We have several people who are very sensitive and some not so > > sensitive and some who believe that the chemicals are negatively > > affecting all of us but only some are aware of this. We only use > > cleaning supplies and markers in the commonhouse that are fragrance > > free, environmentally friendly. > > > > We don't have a policy about people wearing fragrances but I'm sure > > people have modified their behavior voluntarily. On the whole, more > > people are aware of this. > > > > One of the things that I think separates cohousing from ecovillages, > > for example, is that cohousers tend not to form around "issues". While > > some people will come to the community with a commitment to various > > practices or convictions, in the end, communities do what works for > > them. A cohousing community is in the end a good place to live for > > those who live there. It isn't a school or political movement formed > > to convince the world of anything. The aim is community and its > > relationship to other communities, etc. but not specifically to > > advocate a particular cause unless that community has decided to take > > it on. > > > > So my answer would be, how do the people in your community feel about > > this? > > > > Sharon > > ----- > > Sharon Villines > > Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC > > http://www.takomavillage.org > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ > > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L/ >
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