Gratitude for Fred!
From: Fran Hart (
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 07:11:53 -0800 (PST)
Thanks for mentioning your gratitude Muriel.  I would also like to express a 
BIG appreciation to Fred Olson for creating and monitoring Coho-l, a forum 
which we can explore, share, learn & express the unfolding of a new society.  A 
culture rooted in values of cooperation, compassion and contribution thru 
community living.  

Fred, you enrich my life by allowing me to learn from others and stay connected 
to the bigger picture of what's happening in the communities movement.  This 
contribution has helped me to understand how to dance the power of my autonomy 
and our interconnectedness.  I am grateful!

How about a round of applause for Fred!  How does coho-l contribute to your 
life?  Specific examples are beautiful.

Thanks Fred!
Fran Hart

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Fran Hart
Bayfield, Colorado

On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 23:15:51 -0500Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:

   First, it's only offputting if you think it is, not "inherently."  One 
person's concept of an inclusive community may be someone else's idea of 
stifling group-think if it requires all CH social events to be open to 
everyone. Different people may truly have different takes on these 
competing values.

  Second, I don't think the answer to the limited-access question can be 
what Joanie suggests: "Community leaders might want to avoid subjecting 
their members to such an effect."  This is cohousing, there are no 
community leaders, there are only members, all of whom are empowered and 
indeed expected to take up a situation that bothers them with the rest of 
the community, hopefully speaking for themselves and not for the theorized 
feelings of other people.

  Finally, I don't know that we can necessarily extrapolate from small 
group research studies to cohousing. I'd want to read the studies first 
before allowing them to influence how my community should operate. I think 
cohousing communities are more like each other than they are like the 
conditions in social science research (until s-s-r starts studying 
cohousing in depth), and therefore it's really important to me to know what 
other communities do and how that works for them.

(And I want to express my gratitute to Fred Olson for making this possible. 
It's a huge contribution that you make, Fred!)

      Shadowlake Village Cohousing
      Blacksburg, VA

Compassion is Revolution!!
Join Me!
Fran Hart

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