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For Active Seniors, Cohousing Offers A Cozier Alternative To Downsizing - Kaiser Health News

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For Active Seniors, Cohousing Offers A Cozier Alternative To Downsizing
Kaiser Health News
“Interest in cohousing has not only increased in general, but especially in the senior world,” said Karin Hoskin, executive director of Coho/US, the Cohousing Association of the United States,a nonprofit that supports cohousing communities nationwide.

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For active seniors, co-housing offers alternative to downsizing - Chicago Sun-Times

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For active seniors, co-housing offers alternative to downsizing
Chicago Sun-Times
The 5-mile hikes, yoga classes and communal dinners are now routines for the residents at PDX Commons Cohousing in Portland, Ore. These 39 individuals (about half partnered but largely strangers at first) started forging relationships well before they ...

City dweller loves sharing peace and quiet with neighbors in co-housing community - The Mercury News

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City dweller loves sharing peace and quiet with neighbors in co-housing community
The Mercury News
One of about 165 such established communities in the nation, according to the Durham, North Carolina-based Cohousing Association of the United States, the village is modeled on the idea of private homes clustered around shared spaces and resources.

'Thor: Ragnarok' thunders to No. 1 with $121M at the weekend box office - KSDK

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'Thor: Ragnarok' thunders to No. 1 with $121M at the weekend box office
KSDK
The 5-mile hikes, yoga classes and communal dinners are now routines for the residents at PDX Commons Cohousing in Portland, Ore. These 39 individuals (about half partnered but largely strangers at first) started forging relationships well before they ...

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For active seniors, co-housing offers a cozier alternative to downsizing - USA TODAY

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For active seniors, co-housing offers a cozier alternative to downsizing
USA TODAY
The 5-mile hikes, yoga classes and communal dinners are now routines for the residents at PDX Commons Cohousing in Portland, Ore. These 39 individuals (about half partnered but largely strangers at first) started forging relationships well before they ...

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Dia de los Muertos 2017

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Today is All Saints Day. It is also the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, when the veil between the temporal and the spirit world is said to be thinnest. In Mexico this is a time to remember dear ones who have recently departed. Notably, it is treated there as a time of celebration. It is neither somber nor macabre. Gravestones are spruced up and altars are festooned in bright colors and momentos. Favorite foods are prepared. 

I am especially drawn to this holiday because it addresses a societal need. Overwhelmingly I experience our culture as ritual starved, and I think we have an unhealthy out-of-sight-out-of-mind attitude toward death. Having recently experienced a long walkabout near the edge of death myself (courtesy of multiple myeloma), I have particular zest for pausing, to note those who passed over the edge since this date a year ago. 

I started this tradition in 2013, and today I am remembering two souls: Kimchi Rylander and Chuck Marsh. Oddly enough, they were both long-term members of Earthaven, an ecovillage in Black Mountain NC that was founded in 1994, and which I've had occasion to visit from time to time. While it's hard whenever you lose an elder, this year they lost two and are doubly sheathed in black crepe.

While I was not especially close to either of them, they were both fellow travelers in my field of passion—the arcane world of community networking.

Kimchi Rylander  
She died Feb 16, at age 55, from breast cancer and complications from diabetes.

I knew Kimchi in two ways. First, as someone who, from time to time, represented her community at the annual Twin Oaks Communities Conference (which was a regular whistle stop on my event circuit for two decades). And second, as a point of light and a ray of hope at home. She was an organizer and a lubricant in a community that suffered more than its share of sticky dynamics and strong personalities. 

Earthaven has been a community that has drawn to itself a wealth of people with a burning desire to be a model of sustainability, but everyone's vision of how best to accomplish that was not always aligned and the community has frequently struggled to get all the horses pulling in the same direction. Whenever the neighing turned to naying, Kimchi would be one of the ones to hold the heart.

Blessed are they who pour oil on troubled waters.

Thank you, Kimchi.

Chuck Marsh 
He died Aug 27, at age 65 (or thereabouts), from pancreatic cancer.

Chuck was a pioneer in ecological landscape design and he consulted and educated on edible landscaping, biological economics, and Permaculture Design. Earthaven was a great fit for Chuck and he devoted the latter third of his life to making it a home base for his work in the world. 

I always think of him with a scarf tied rakishly around his neck and with a puckish grin on his face.

Chuck had over 35 years of experience working with the plants, soil, water, climate and people of North Carolina to design and install place appropriate, productive, and sustainable home and commercial landscapes. 

Can we ever have too many people dedicated to designing and creating beautiful, productive, resource conserving landscapes that celebrate and deepen our connection to the natural world?

Thank you, Chuck.

Tuesday Morning Read: Iowa City cohousing development taking shape; law limiting collective bargaining upheld; trick ... - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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Tuesday Morning Read: Iowa City cohousing development taking shape; law limiting collective bargaining upheld; trick ...
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
IOWA CITY COHOUSING DEVELOPMENT TAKING SHAPE — When almost a decade ago a group of friends from the Iowa City area realized their children were getting older, they began to imagine what their lives would be like once they became empty ...

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Iowa City boasts state's first cohousing development - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Iowa City boasts state's first cohousing development
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
They formed an LLC and chose a piece of land on Miller Avenue between West Benton Street and Highway 1 in Iowa City for a 36-unit sustainable cohousing development called Prairie Hill. Plans call for 12 total buildings on the property but residents are ...

Hackney retirees' £6.5m cohousing dream becomes a reality – but means they have to move to Colchester - Hackney Gazette

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Hackney Gazette

Hackney retirees' £6.5m cohousing dream becomes a reality – but means they have to move to Colchester
Hackney Gazette
Members of the Cannock Mill Cohousing group on the development site in Colchester. Picture: Cannock Mill Cohousing. Four of the nine Hackney workers who drew up the original plan are getting ready to up sticks to a £6.5million cohousing development for ...

Co-housing communities in Engeland: Gedeeld wonen blijkt een steeds ... - Gebiedsontwikkeling.nu

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Co-housing communities in Engeland: Gedeeld wonen blijkt een steeds ...
Gebiedsontwikkeling.nu
27 okt 2017 - Tijdens het praktijkcongres op 7 november kijkt Sue Riddlestone, mede-oprichter Bioregional London, vanuit duurzaamheidsambities naar opgaven voor gebiedsontwikkeling. Tien jaar geleden ontwikkelde Riddlestone BedZED; een 'pionering ...

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Israel's First Cooperative Living Community for the Elderly Doesn't Want to Be Taken Care Of - Haaretz

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Israel's First Cooperative Living Community for the Elderly Doesn't Want to Be Taken Care Of
Haaretz
“The greatest enemy of the 'third age' is loneliness,” says David Mencher, one of the founders of Cohousing Israel, which hopes to create the country's first cooperative living community for the elderly. There are nods of agreement in the room. “There ...

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