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Shared Housing Blog

Below are the continuing developments of how two households, Carol and Harry Watkins, Juanita Mangan-Van Ham, and Lee Van Ham, came together in 2014 to create life together in one house.

Monday
May042015

A New Mosaic: Life in the Grout Lines

Updated on Thursday, March 3 by Registered CommenterGerald Iversen

A new word picture: Mosaic It has now been 6 months since we moved into our new house. For me, it has become Home. I’ve struggled to find a word picture that conveys what we are engaged in. As our home has evolved, I have begun to think of it as a mosaic. Throughout my life, I have put together an ever-changing assemblage of Pieces: people, places, things, experiences, beliefs. Some I’ve sought, some have sought me, some have been random “acquisitions”, many have been placed in my path by God (or more likely they all have in one way or another). The pattern hasn’t always been intentional. I have, however, aimed at making it more intentional as I’ve gotten older.

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Tuesday
Dec302014

A First Holiday Season in Our Shared Household

One of the challenges of merging two separate families into one household, particularly given that we want to actually share life together, is that in doing so we are actually attempting to blend our unique family “cultures”. This is NOT for the faint of heart!

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Life Together: Two Big Questions

In the recent edition of Metanoia and the Jubilee Economics blog, Lee Van Ham wrote an introduction to this “Shared Housing Blog” entitled “2 Households in 1 House: Can Shared Housing Help You?”. In it he notes that he and Juanita Mangan-Van Ham have recently partnered with me, Harry Watkins, and my wife, Carol Watkins as we work together to build a shared life in one house. In his article, Lee touches on many of the issues that I expect to explore in this blog. In particular I would like to explore at least two big questions: why might combining households make sense, and how will we make it work?

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