Pauline grew up in New Mexico but has lived in many parts of the United States. She has had several careers—bouncing back and forth between academia and the arts. She was an educational administrator and then professional weaver (ikat) for fifteen years. At 50, she went back to graduate school and earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science. She taught philosophy for a few years and then moved into academic advising. Again, she turned back to the practical arts and for several years renovated houses in Albuquerque. Mostly, she was the owner/contractor but also became quite good at design, tiling, painting, and "green renovation."
Now, as a semi-retired person (currently the resident manager of Sand River), she is learning embroidery (colcha and crewel) and making quilts. Pauline has one adorable dog, volunteers for the annual International Folk Art Market, and recently began doing Nia as her exercise of choice. And she is also very involved in our community efforts to decrease our carbon footprint.
Several residents have grid-tied photovoltaic solar systems on the roofs of their units and the community has put an even larger one on the roof of the Common House. A small group are leasing a fully electric Nissan Leaf, which is thus "plugged into the sun." The group is sharing this car and working towards more car sharing and more electric vehicles.
Pauline joined Sand River because she had been looking for community for a long time. She finally realized that in the current U.S. culture, community has to be intentional. We have to want to be in community with our neighbors and they have to want to be in community with us. It simply does not happen just because we live next to each other.
Why Sand River? Because she loves New Mexico—land, sky, and sun! Because Santa Fe is an amazing cultural center of the Southwest. Because her new home is cozy, bright, and "green"! Because she likes the people who live at Sand River and wants to be in community with them.