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Little Helpers

When I was in the common house a short while ago, two 6-year-old girls were playing in the dining room (A and B). A asked me to give her a cup so she could get some water. I noticed that the counter beside the sink was filled with used cups, ...
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Helping Each Other

It’s 11 pm, and my 22 year old daughter and I are in my WindSong living room, packing some of her books for her move to an apartment in Vancouver. We have lots of boxes, but we’ve just run out of packing tape. “Do you think Shoppers has packing tape?” ...
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I’ve Been WindSonged!

It’s a funny thing to encounter the different reactions people emit when I try and explain what living in cohousing is like. At times it feels like summer camp, with people out and about, going about their co-housy business. At other times, it feels like a cozy village – each ...
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Our First Week in WindSong

One week into our cohousing adventure, and so far it feels like we have made the right decision for our family. Jon was out for meetings Wednesday afternoon and evening. Usually his evenings out invoke anxiety and stress in me as I picture having to do the ‘grumpy hours’ with ...
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Sharing Resources, Saving Money

The shared economy. It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean in your daily life? At WindSong, we lend and share many things. When I went to a friend’s wedding, I borrowed nice shoes from one neighbor and a scarf and jewellery ...
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Growing Up in WindSong

I moved to WindSong with my husband and daughter in the summer of 1996. At that time our daughter was just two and a half, shy and clingy. The little girl in the unit next door was exactly the same age, and they became friends. Over the next year, a ...
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The Community Mind

At WindSong, we have a Google Group where we can all talk to each other on email. This is kind of funny, as we actually live very close to each other in connected townhomes. But Google Groups is useful, for everything from “have you seen my kid’s green runners size ...
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Welcome to the WindSong Blog

Welcome to the WindSong Cohousing blog! This year is our 20th anniversary, and we’re celebrating with a new blog and website. One question I’m frequently asked is, how many people live in WindSong? Right now we have 89 residents, ages babies-80s; we’re truly multi-generational. 29% of us are under age ...
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