Michael and Chris
Michael and Chris stay connected to nature and each other by walking and hiking outdoors as much as their schedule allows. Michael is an enthusiastic designer of indoor and outdoor spaces alike. He is also an avid gardener for pleasure, aesthetics, and to put good food on table. Oh, and Chris loves to eat Michael's food.
Michael's former work lives include civil engineering and information technology. He is from a large Irish-Polish family with many siblings, many nieces and nephews, and an ever-growing number of great-nieces and nephews. Community and family have been his way of life from the start.
Chris's former work lives include HIV/AIDS program administration and clinical trials, as well as healthcare management consulting and banking. His family is French-English and considerably smaller, including his mother (living in Colorado) and father (living in Maine), three younger sisters, three nieces, and a nephew.
Before moving to Maine, they lived/gardened/cooked/hiked/skied/swam in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in community with Chris’s Colorado Family.
Michael and Chris met 18 years ago, in the lap pool of a Y in Philadelphia. Since then they have lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Steamboat Springs. Through the years and changing neighborhoods, they have kept right on swimming but have also taken time to develop a shared interest and knowledge of wines and cheeses. This led to extensive travel in many of the world’s prime wine-growing spots so that they could meet with and learn from their winemakers. They spent time in New York's Finger Lakes and North Fork; California's Temecula, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles, and Sonoma, including Russian River, Napa; Oregon's Willamette Valley, including McMinnville, Dundee, and Yam Hill; Washington's Puget Sound and Columbia Valley, including Yakima, Red Mountain; France's Burgundy including Chablis, Champagne, Northern and Southern Rhone, and Alsace; Germany's Mosel, Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, and Pfalz; Italy's Sicily, including Marsala; Croatia; Australia's Hunter Valley, Mornington Penninsula, Yarra Valley, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra; and New Zealand's Central Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough, Martinborough, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, and Gisborne.
Although Michael and Chris have enjoyed living in community with others when stars aligned, they were not actively seeking a cohousing opportunity when they learned of Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage. Rather, they became aware of and interested in GO Logic and were thinking of buying a piece of land and having a home built. When they learned of this growing community and met the amazing pioneers involved, they thought better of an isolated solo effort to live greener. We feel so privileged to be in such great company in this endeavor, they write.