Re: Re-inhabiting the common house data collection?
From: Liz Ryan Cole (
Date: Mon, 4 May 2020 19:20:52 -0700 (PDT)
I think this request from RoseWind came before this Times’ report…

Trump ... administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of 
coronavirus cases and deaths over the next several weeks. The daily death toll 
will reach about 3,000 on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by 
The New York Times, nearly double the current number of about 1,750. 

The projections, based on government modeling pulled together in chart form by 
the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each 
day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases a day currently.

We have what may be a great opportunity (I am looking for silver linings here) 
to see how people who are part of a community can make pandemics more 
manageable. Communities can’t all be in one “quarnteam” or “bubble”, some 
people must go out for one or more reasons.  But are sub groups creating 
“bubbles" within our own cohousing communities?  Perhaps ones in which kids 
play together?  What would be the effect if we all wore masks and washed our 
hands on coming into and leaving the common house?  Cleaned surfaces twice a 
day?  Is sharing the common house a risk some community members are willing to 
take? What about including friends of people who live in cohousing - Who can 
one trust? Are there actions we can take that would expand our isolation to 
include the common house possible? 

I wonder if it is worth considering putting a small group together to gather 
information about what people in Cohousing are doing. 


Not yet able to build cohousing, but thinking very hard about how to (if 
allowed) let people escape to our rural pond side cabin based hospitality 
business for this summer

Liz Ryan Cole
lizryancole [at]

Pinnacle Cohousing and Loch Lyme Lodge
Lyme, NH

802.274.1511 Mobile
802.785.4124  Home 
802.831.1240 Work (Vermont Law School)

> On May 4, 2020, at 9:59 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]> 
> wrote:
> BC— Before Covid— the RoseWind common house was well used. A typical week 
> might have a cooked meal on Monday, local choral “Songlines” rehearsal 
> Tuesday evening, an art class Wednesday evening. Monthly events were English 
> Country Dancing, Fusion (improvisational partner dancing), several committee 
> meetings, a Saturday morning potluck brunch, another Saturday a business 
> meeting followed by a work party then snacks. From time to time house 
> concerts, fundraisers, political slide shows and meetings, movie nights, 
> parties, discussion circles.
> A small rec room was used for ping pong and foosball. People came into the CH 
> for mail, consulting the calendar/bulletin boards, bathrooms, wifi. Hang-out 
> conversations on the porch.
> \
> The front-door keypad locked up overnight.
> Now all events are cancelled, as are in-person meetings. The door is locked, 
> and visits are little more than mail pickup.
> We’ve taken stay-home, masks, etc very seriously for about 6 weeks now. Our 
> town of 9000 has had no new case for a month. When and how will we once again 
> enjoy our common house? Will we need to fear infection from every doorknob 
> and light switch? Will we be able to welcome non-members, again, to events? 
> Do we wait till some eventual sense of all-clear? Or tiptoe back in, armed 
> with disinfectant and caution?
> What are other groups’ thoughts on this?
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> RoseWind Cohousing, 30+ years in, Port Townsend WA
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