Cohousing friends braving the cold at Polar Fest - February 2020
Welcome to the KCC newsletter!
What a year
December 2020 worldwide will likely go down as one of the darkest months in recent history. Still, at Kawartha Commons Cohousing (KCC) we have found several reasons to celebrate, light candles and get together (virtually of course). We continue to meet for our monthly business meetings where we hear reports on the workings of our various committees (called circles), make decisions that affect our whole community, and generally touch base with each other via Zoom until we can meet in person again. We have had our first official AGM and nominated our mission circle (a.k.a. board). We have finalized how we will govern ourselves through sociocratic method in small working circles that report to the full membership monthly.
It's all about the "Zoom"
Keeping social, while distancing
'Tis the season of difference This month we had a Discovery Event where we explored various alternatives when celebrating the holidays in these pandemic conditions. Kind hearts of KCC came together to suggest donations to food banks in lieu of travel. We talked about the value of planning ahead if things needed to be mailed, and the value of doing things simply. Listen to online concerts or start your own playlist of favorite tunes. One member suggested sending out “affirmations” to people we care for or who have cared for us this year. We connect socially by:
virtual chatlines every Wednesday and Saturday mornings
bi-monthly “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” serenaded by Mathew and Arthur.
One of our explorers is starting a meditation circle (Did you know that 40% of households responded positively in the social survey to that idea!)
People are reaching out and having socially distanced walks through Jackson Park and in the pastures at Buckhorn and Lakefield. And we look forward to movie nights and snowshoe visits.
Though ‘virtual meetings’ are not the ideal way to build community, our group is nevertheless becoming more cohesive and we can’t wait to imagine what 2021 might bring. We are closer to an agreement with a well respected developer and a site he is holding for us.
Our Sustainability team is eagerly studying Passive House standards and learning about Embodied Carbon in building materials. Individuals are starting to put to paper designs for the shape of our building. Our aim is to maximize sunshine and easy connections to each other and minimize cost, all sustainably of course.
A few updates
We continue to inform our 21 equity member households and 11 explorer households through a digest of all the circles’ work. We welcome Tracy as our Community Reporter, and Pam as our newsletter writer for 2021.
Best wishes to our former newsletter-writer Neil and his wife Mona, who are on to new adventures.
We have welcomed several new explorers these past few months, and look forward to their participation in our events.
This year we will celebrate our third anniversary on December 27th.
Wondering how to celebrate with a tree this year?
Fake? (reusable) or Real? (Cut down and never again to live)
Consider this: a potted tree. With the proper preparation and care, you can plant it and enjoy it for years to come in your garden. CBC article on "Living Tree"
What did you say?!
Tongue-In-Cheek-Generic-Politically-Correct-Nothing-Wish during this season:
"Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all."
Light a Candle
One for the people you love and those who are harder to love yet need it nonetheless;
One for those who have passed away and those who are new to this world;
One for the poor, the lonely, the hungry, and those who have too much yet are still not satisfied;
One for all the Children of the World;
One for all the Seniors in the World;
One for all the health workers, front line workers, teachers, police and researchers, and IT specialists who have gone far beyond their call of duty this year;
One for all suffering isolation due to the virus this year;
One to celebrate yourself, your life, your loves and all you are grateful for;
One to usher in new light, peace, joy and hope for the year to come.