Richard first visited Santa Fe ten years ago and the resulting weekend romance has proved very durable. Similarly, one week after first typing "Santa Fe cohousing" into Google he had applied for a mortgage on a unit at Sand River, which now seems the perfect home in the perfect city.
Not that he is always so impulsive. Richard's job has not changed much in 30 years. He develops computational methods to improve drug discovery, travels globally to promulgate those methods and learn about others, and, more recently, spices his trips with pure tourism.
Richard's other interests are truly lifelong and almost as obsessive: reading non-fiction, playing Dixieland jazz, pioneering in baseball geekdom, and engaging in the politics of sustainability. In response to that familiar cocktail-party opener, he was raised in exurban Wilmington Delaware, educated in Boston, and has lived and worked in Philadelphia, Terre Haute, St. Louis, and Santa Fe. If you really want more about him, try Google.
He did have initial misgivings about how acceptable his isolating, workaholic priorities might be within a cohousing community (his eccentricities extend even to the shared weekly meal, as he is also a committed calorie restrictor). Happily, it turns out that adaptability is not an uncommon phenomenon in the residents of Sand River.
Richard has experienced a particular satisfaction in uncovering various ways for those enduring personal pursuits to contribute to the developing Sand River community. The cohousing spirit resembles tribal and village societies, which have prevailed through most human existence. Perhaps that is why cohousing seems so optimal and natural a haven within today’s world.