Susan Monroe wrote:Superficial, IMO.
Susan Monroe wrote:
paul wheaton wrote:
I've visited a lot of communities. It's easy to find the four color brochure and the folks trying to recruit that have lovely stories about happy/happy/joy/joy. I try to interview the people that are exiting the community to get a more rounded idea of community living.
Through a series of events, I ended up at a community in Tacoma and was able to visit with a woman that was leaving the community after three years. She was one of the founders. Her purpose in leaving had nothing to do with the community and everything to do with a new opportunity far, far away.
Her report: smooth sailing for three years. Wow! Oh, sure, there were little bumps once in a while, but nothing like what most communities go through.
This community housed ten people. All living under one roof. The house was really amazing: a barn that had been converted into a home. The door was massive. The rafters were enormous logs. The ceiling in the living room was a good 20 feet high. Massive fieplace. Massive wood stove. Bedrooms were tucked into all sorts of interesting places ....
So .... the big question ... what did she think was at the core of this great success? Her answer: "The beauty of the house."
I could see how that would really help.
I wish I took pictures ....