Re: Middlesex Senior Cohousing/Hager Homestead Received Permits.
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2021 09:18:03 -0800 (PST)
Congratulations to you and your community, Barbara!

You’re right about “every part feels like the Hard Part” — it is hard to create 
a coho community but … what  you get is so worth it.   

Just an observation about this very thing … it definitely will feel that 
getting the bricks of the community built and everyone moved in is THE MOUNTAIN 
you have to climb … it is ONE mountain.   And you will only climb it one time.  
 The biggest one you will climb repeatedly is the MOUNTAIN RANGE of Living 
Together.  After 20 years living at Takoma Village, I appreciate so much the 
effort members put in to make sure the built environment — the bricks -- was a 
good physical home for us.  And I wish we had spent more time on “the mortar” — 
the community glue that makes the bricks of community living stick together 
e.g. conflict resolution, communication, decision making, facilitation, etc. 

Good fortune to you all as you embark on this new phase of building your 
community.  Let us know how you are proceeding.  And invite us to the ribbon 

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Member, Board of Directors
Mid Atlantic Cohousing
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

One minute you’re young and fun.  And the next, you’re turning down the stereo 
in your car to see better.

NOTE: I am switching back to: zabaldo [at]  Many apologies!  

> On Jan 11, 2021, at 11:41 AM, Barbara Smith via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> And away we go! I want to thank everyone who responded to my request more 
> than a few months ago for testimonials on the value of your Common House to 
> your community. Most members of the Littleton Planning Board in Massachusetts 
> continued to believe that our Common House would not be used, but they 
> granted us a permit anyway. Now for the hard part -- except every part feels 
> like the Hard Part: getting it built!! Thanks again to a wonderful 
> community!!Barbara B SmithMiddlesex Senior Cohousing/Hager 
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