Re: The Fires & Other Equally Disturbing Trials & Tribulations
From: Ann Lehman (
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 09:49:42 -0700 (PDT)
Yes thank you for checking!

Amazing how many times in the last couple of months I have receive these calls 
from family and friends - always welcome just wish I had better news to share.
Woke up today in PDX to an AQI over 500- not surprisingly had a slight 
headache. So must of us are hunkering down to wait it out and pray for rain.

I second the security of safe buildings.  I’ve been told our building would 
withstand Fires and Tsunamis - hope we don’t test that any time soon. 

We have taken in on person’s mother who was evacuated and been Collecting Food, 
Clothes & what not to donate. Sharing milk to save on trips outside. We did 
have a baklava dessert party before we knew how bad it was going to be, which 
at least cheered up our stomachs. 

Still sharing the experience with neighbors you know and who have your back is 
what community is all about!

Ann Lehman
Zimmerman Lehman
forging futures for nonprofits

Yoga Teacher
Slow Yoga 4 Savvy Bodies

Board Member 
CoHousing Association of U.S.

Please ignore typos sent from phone

> On Sep 13, 2020, at 5:01 AM, Lauren Lake <laurenlake161 [at]> wrote:
> Ann,
> Thanks for reaching out. I was on that bus with you at the 2019 Coho 
> Conference in Portland. I ended up moving in to one of the communities we 
> toured: Green Grove Cohousing in Forest Grove. That tour holds a special 
> place in my heart.
> We are all safe. We have two smaller fires nearby which seem to be under 
> control. For two nights we used our guest rooms to house an associate member 
> family who had been evacuated. We have a member bringing us the latest 
> information from her job at the state forestry department, and an associate 
> member out working at a fire incident command center. Also, a member took 
> food from our garden to a friend who is housing and feeding a number of 
> evacuees.
> At our location, the main hazard is just the smoke. If any groups in the 
> forming/designing stage are wondering if the costs of airtight construction 
> and high-end HVAC systems with HEPA filters are worth it, the answer is 
> definitely YES!
> Lauren
>> On Sep 12, 2020, 3:16 AM -0700, cohousing-l-request [at], 
>> wrote:
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>> Message: 3
>> Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:31:19 -0400
>> From: Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]>
>> To: Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at]>
>> Subject: [C-L]_ The Fires & Other Equally Disturbing Trials &
>> Tribulations
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>> Hello all ?
>> When I attended the CohoUS National Cohousing Conference in Portland in 2019 
>> I visited many of the cohousing communities in the Portland area. Really 
>> well organized bus trips (thank you Neil Planchon) to see some very new and 
>> some very well established coho communities. Ditto when I was in Seattle, 
>> Washington and the East Bay area in California, also at CohoUS conferences. 
>> (Plus Raines Cohen organized a personal tour for me to see some other 
>> collaborative communities in the East Bay area,)
>> I?m thinking of you.
>> How are you faring amid fires, the pandemic and other equally difficult, 
>> confronting issues? How you are coping keeping your community safe and 
>> healthy? The smoke and ash alone must be disturbing All of us could benefit 
>> from hearing what you are doing. For those of you close to the fires I?m 
>> sure you have an evacuation plan ? will you share it w/ us? Have any of you 
>> had to evacuate?
>> While I cannot volunteer on the ground, I can be a good listener and 
>> hopefully, support you in other ways. I?ve already donated to the California 
>> Fire Foundation, a fund sponsored by to which I subscribe.
>> Are there other funds for fighting these fires, helping w/ evacuees or other 
>> needs in your area I/we should know about? What other ways do you need 
>> support?
>> Added to all of what?s going on out West and in the rest of the country, 
>> today is the 19th Anniversary of 9/11. I found myself weeping this morning 
>> when Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe read out the time line of the attacks on 
>> The Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
>> Sometimes, when it?s all too much ? I find peace with and gratitude for my 
>> neighbors in my cohousing community in Washington, DC (another kind of 
>> ground zero).
>> During these trying times, I?m grateful to live in cohousing (thank you 
>> Katie, Chuck and all who labor to bring cohousing to light).
>> In a world that?s always just beginning, these times are made for us. What 
>> will we do?
>> Best --
>> Ann Zabaldo
>> Takoma Village Cohousing
>> Washington, DC
>> Member, Board of Directors
>> Mid Atlantic Cohousing
>> Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
>> Falls Church, VA
>> 202.546.4654
>> It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
>> we have come to our real work
>> and when we no longer know which way to go,
>> we have begun our real journey.
>> The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
>> The impeded stream is the one that sings.
>> ?Wendell Berry, ?Our Real Work?
>> NOTE: Please add my new email address to your CONTACTS list. I?m 
>> transitioning to this new email address. Please start using annzabaldo [at] 
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