Monthly musing from Rebecca Crichton

More than 25 years ago, I wanted to write a book called "Aren't You Too Old to Have a Roommate?" I was in my 40s and had shared my home with a variety of roommates: friends, grown children of friends, friends of friends. Some paid rent, others stayed for free.

In those days, before Craig's List, Airbnb, or other on-line services, I posted descriptions on sheets of paper with little pull-off tabs in neighborhood venues -- bookstores, grocery stores, coffee shops. Today, organizations and apps keep springing up that assist in finding compatible house mates who can pay to rent a room, sometimes with reduced fees for helping with the homeowner's needs.

I learned a lot about what it means to live with people who are not family. With a few exceptions — the ones that make for good stories — I found the experience of having housemates successful and life-enhancing. And I have learned that the more specific I am about what I want in a housemate, the more likely I am to find someone who meets those criteria.

Last month, I went to a presentation, sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, from a new service aimed at helping people share their homes. Silvernest is a Colorado-based for-profit company that matches homeowners with people seeking a space in someone's home.
I suspect it will be on the list of possibilities I'll look into as I consider my next transition from single homeowner to home-sharer or senior community resident.

And I was reminded that I'm never too old to have a roommate!

Living with Memory Loss: In Our Own Words

Created by members of The Gathering Place program at Greenwood Senior Center who are living with memory loss, this short documentary is now available for free.

Beyond the Encore

An actor prepares not to act

After 37 years as a professional actor in Seattle, Jayne Muirhead is in transition. Join Jayne as she shares onstage and offstage stories and discusses the intricacies of a career shift.

Tues., July 17, 7:30 PM
Horizon House, 900 University Street

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