Welcome Home Celebration
 
Everyone turned out to welcome home Donja and Doug in one of the most joyous occasions so far this year. Marisa organized this party to celebrate the success of Doug’s "Deep Brain Stimulation" surgery for Parkinson’s. It was such a pleasure to see Doug able to enjoy a shared meal and to see their spirits so revived.
 
Doug was fortunate to be able to take advantage of a special surgical procedure offered by Stanford Medical Center to relieve sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. The surgery involves drilling a small hole in the skull into which a programmable implant is placed to monitor and modify the specific area of the brain causing the affliction.
 
Doug jokes about being a bionic man now and says his grandson is disappointed he doesn’t have antennae!  (Arlene)
The Graduating Class of 2018
 
Harboursiders partied in style on March 22 as they celebrated the "graduation" of three dear friends. Alas, Berken, Jane B. and Marg A. are moving on to new lives and new adventures.
But they couldn't let go of us without a party. Wine flowed, gourmet treats were savoured, speeches made -- followed by tearful farewells.
Our three "graduates" went out in a blaze of glory -- leading us through an up-tempo "how well do you know your neighbour game". Prizes were donations to three Harbourside teams, followed by heartfelt goodbye speeches, and the poetic reminder that
An adieu is                                                                                       
A trace of a new beginning.
Now we welcome Berken, Jane and Marg to the rarified ranks of Harbourside Alumni. (Bob)
Sean Kearns
Morgan and John
Stress Reduction Workshop

Cohousing members from from Harbourside, West Wind Harbour, and Ravens Crossing Cohousing, as well as three from the larger community participated in an excellent workshop on 'Stress Reduction Through Effective Communication’ with Sean Kearns. We witnessed demonstrations and got to practise how much can happen in only two minutes: how much can change - in our understanding of ourselves when we are listened to - and - when we hear each other speak. 

Sean was very approachable with a deep understanding of the need of "getting clear” of one’s own expectations and story-line while working with a buddy to find a self-responsible attitude to conflict. A clear intention and carefully set up boundaries will help towards a good outcome of those difficult conversations.  
 
As a bonus we got to know some participants of the other cohousings - it gave me a new perspective of where we are in our process of growing as a community.  - Priska
Susan and the Boys
 
Hats off to our trusty Maintenance Team ably led by Susan! Do you remember how excited Susan was to receive the inches thick binder of maintenance manuals for Harbourside infrastructure?
 
Not surprisingly, she gets wonderful cooperation and help from her team of men; Frank, Warren, Ralph, Hank, John, Jack, Dal and Bob I.
They deal with the day-to-day issues of keeping Harbourside in good shape as well as managing the routine maintenance and inspections of our equipment. Many small tasks are carried out regularly by team members unnoticed. Think how often you have seen Frank in his ‘maintenance man’ white suit investigating some problem that he has noticed….
 
We are all extremely grateful for the dedication of this team! (Arlene)
Dan's Invention Machine

Dan's Ultimaker 3-D printer and a few of the things he has made over the last few weeks (upper left), including a key turner for Shirley and a universal one to be installed on the wall outside the CH main hall (lower right). These are very handy devices into which any key can be slipped, allowing you a better grip and greater leverage. 

Dan also has a 'fun project' (upper right) which will track the sun and measure its solar output (at the window of their unit), display it on a LCD laptop and transmit the data to his laptop. He says it "isn't very practical, but it is challenging"! In addition to looking after getting the compost toilet functional, a slow process of preparation, he is creating the door parts that will indicate when it is in use and donating a solar array to run the fan and lights.

That's Dan celebrating his March birthday a couple of weeks ago, obviously not too old to continue to be highly creative!  
Adrienne and Kaye take on the power duo of Glenna and John.
Kaye, that lover of games, challenging the ping pong champ, Glenna.
Ping Pong Madness
 
We have Mark and Priska (or Glenna and John) to thank for this current ping pong craze. Mark and Priska can be seen (or heard) on many an early afternoon continuing their highly competitive tournament. Ask them who’s winning and you will always get an answer -- a grimace or a grin.
 
Glenna has organized a scoreless ping pong match for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock for whoever shows up. So far she has attracted Adrienne, John, Kaye and Bob (the younger) for long and lively games, accompanied by much whooping and cheering when good shots are made.
 
Spring at Harbourside is signaled this year by daffodils, crocuses and the pock of the ping pong ball. (Arlene)
 
Harbourside’s first grandchild
 
A Baby Welcoming was held on March 10th for Ellen and Warren’s first grandchild. Shirley is pictured here holding her fourth great-grandchild, Winston, who is also the first grandchild born to a Harboursider since move-in.
 
A grand celebration was held for family and friends in the Common House main dining room with Winston making his first public appearance. Except for a brief reminder that it was feeding time, he tolerated long periods of cuddling as many of us rekindled our love of babies.
 
Warren, pictured here with Glenna and Arlene, set up a 3-dimensional hexagon art project inviting us to lend our artistic talents to a memento of the occasion. We look forward to enjoying regular visits from Winston and his Mom and Dad, Arwyn and Jason.  (Arlene)

 
Harbourside welcomes Paivi and Phil, who have recently moved from being renters to owners at Harbourside.
First plum blossoms in our new orchard!
A spectacular view of our coast!
(photo by Marisa and/or Hank)
A surprise bouquet outside my door!
Picture proof of the group effort (led by Warren) that completed this 19.75"X25.75" Stave puzzle, one of the many donated by Donja's mother. This image was a particularly challenging one, a reproduction of a painting by J.W.Turner.

Stave puzzles are unique in that each wooden piece is unique having been cut by hand. 
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