Re: Question about "dining clubs"
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:14:40 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Rick and all:
For clarification: the eating circle I described ceased to exist some years 
ago.  So, I'm not seeking a solution,
but just used it as a real life example, to flash out some of the issues and 
considerations that came up at the time.

On Sep 18, 2013, at 11:00 AM, Fred H Olson wrote:

> richart.keller [at]
> is the author of the message below.  It was posted by
> Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at]>
> after deleting numerous quoted previous messages.
> Particularly on long threads (lots of replies) please
> delete unneeded quotes.
> Also my computer has problems currently so I am slow in dealing
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> Fred
> --------------------  FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS --------------------
> Thanks for your thoughtful response, Rachael.  I agree that common meals
> don't necessarily work for all. Different people do have different needs.
> Also, hanging out more with folks with whom you want to have deeper
> relationships is a healthy and natural desire.
> My concern is with the balance between the quality of life within the
> cohousing community and the quality of life of its individual residents and
> families.
> Perhaps a better way to express my concerns would have been to suggest
> questions which we could ask ourselves to help us understand the impact of
> our practices on the health of the community.
> It may also be the case that some of the concerns you have about common
> meals are shared by others; discussing those with the whole community might
> result in improving the quality of common meals.
> Rick
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