My House Our House: Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household

My House Our House: Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household

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With millions in the Boomer generation aging, single and still active, many are exploring non-traditional living arrangements. My House Our House is the story of three trailblazing women who came together to create a 21st century cooperative household. Alternative living arrangements account for a large and growing percentage of American households, and offer practical, economical solutions for people looking to live together for less and still maintain a high quality of life. CNN and CBS Boston report that Boomer couples are divorcing at double the rate of other age groups, and have less attachment to traditional concepts of family. Told with humor, affection and honesty, this book invites the reader to explore the challenges, practicalities and joys of moving from "my house" to "our house."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943366101
Publisher: St. Lynn's Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 995,850
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Louise S. Machinist is a licensed psychologist, Jean McQuillin is a nurse, and Karen M. Bush is a corporate consultant to Fortune 500 companies. They are three independent women who were once concerned with the cost of living and with the responsibilities of maintaining a home, but now, with cooperative householding, their worries have been wiped away. They have been living together happily, but separately, in their five-bedroom Pittsburgh home for over eight years.

Table of Contents

Foreword Louis Tenenbaum xi

Prologue xv

1 Open House at Shadowlawn 1

2 Living Alone/Living Together 5

3 True Colors: Meet the Cooperative Householders 17

4 Blame It on the Cat 23

5 An Interesting Exercise in Planning 27

6 This is It! 39

7 Serious Business: Money, Mortgages and More 43

8 Moving: Time for Triage 51

9 A How-To for You: Taking Care of Business 61

10 Potpourri: Living in Harmony 77

11 Creating Shared Community 91

12 Blow-Ups at Shadowlawn? 113

13 What We've Learned about Sharing from Sharing 119

14 Seriously, Now 131

15 An Informal Quiz: Is Cooperative Householding for You? 135

16 Overcoming Barriers to Action 147

Epilogue 165

General Partnership Agreement 177

Resources 183

Acknowledgments 189

About the Authors 191

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