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  •  What I'm suggesting, (8+ / 0-)

    will be far easier to launch and sustain if you're in the heart of a big metropolitan area. Also, the people  in this group have not tended to have young children at home. They're singles, pre-family and childfree couples, and empty nesters.

    Oh, our community DOES do a monthly potluck. The woman who hosts it at her house, always asks for an RSVP/headcount, and if that's too low, it's canceled. It's been held every month now, with rare exceptions, for years.

    The man who originally started this free-form community is basically a failed Catholic priest (a definition he'd concur with, I think). Many years ago, he was booted out of seminary. Now he devotes his energies to his artistic career and "sustainable community." This same gentleman went and helped found another, similar community--a vibrant and diverse one--in a different neighborhood about 3 miles distant.

    In my view, these communities are instances of "urban ferment" at its very best.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:57:41 PM PST

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    •  Ah. (11+ / 0-)

      You've clarified something for me.

      the people  in this group have not tended to have young children at home. They're singles, pre-family and childfree couples, and empty nesters.
      Part of what's happening is simple life-cycle stuff.  Me and spousal unit are both bored silly with a community model that was, for us, centered around getting our kids raised well and feeding our souls at the same time.  That took, as they say, a village.  But two things happened at the same time . . . the kids got raised, and the village lost its soul when a few key people in leadership moved on.

      We're different people now, with different things to offer; we need new ways to contribute those things.

      Gah, I know this is a self-indulgent conversation.  I just didn't think I could be the only one this has happened to.  Thanks for your thoughts.

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