Re: Did that happen or not? [ was Budgets before finding a site
From: R Philip Dowds (
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 06:50:09 -0700 (PDT)
Holy smoke!  Is it possible that … information is relevant?  That truth and 
facts co-exist?  Shouldn’t somebody tell the voters?

Philip Dowds
Cornerstone Village Cohousing
Cambridge, MA

> On Oct 3, 2016, at 9:33 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at]> 
> wrote:
>> On Oct 2, 2016, at 9:36 PM, Susan Adams <sadams430 [at]> wrote:
>> The figures I provided were for our pre construction development.  Which is
>> the budget which was requested.  The figures came directly from Village
>> Resources, and I assumed that they were correct.
> A few years ago we had a highly contentious issue. People who joined the 
> community 10 years after the first incident had a totally different view of 
> the issue and its resolution. They maintained the sky would fall on our heads 
> if we addressed it —it was a neighbor’s issue with our property.
> The facts stated in the meeting were at almost total odds with my memory 
> which is pretty good. I also read all the minutes and am on all the team 
> email lists.  But I needed proof that what was said was not the way things 
> happened.
> I went back through ALL our email list archives including lists we no longer 
> used. The issue related to the “south alley” so I had to search multiple 
> spellings of “alley”. It took a long time with Yahoo’s primitive search 
> engine but it was worth every minute.
> What I discovered was that each team remembered what happened in  their 
> meetings and on their email list. The information from each team formed a set 
> of facts that did not include information from other teams. Admin didn’t know 
> what Facilities knew and the reverse. Even factual information like what date 
> was this first reported was totally wrong in one team or the other.
> It happens to the best of us that one hand thinks another is misrepresenting 
> things, particularly when new members don’t have old memories. Everyone 
> thinks the community started when they did.
> Advice: use email because it is the easiest way to write things down. A 
> written record can be invaluable. It can resolve a lot of issues about what 
> happened and what didn’t happen.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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