Winding Down; Still Busy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Winding Down; Still Busy: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Things are winding down around here. We’re lighting fires indoors, pulling out puzzles and needlepoint projects, and saying goodbye to the last visitors of the season. But also, this has been a busy week, as it usually is in the village. Christina here, writing from frosty NeMo, where things are changing but they’re also sort of the same as always. There have been some lasts this week. The goat co-op decided to end the evening goat milking, as the does have not been giving out much milk. The village finished out the last visitor session of the season, Saturday was…read more >
Moments of Beauty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Moments of Beauty: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Since I’ve moved here to Dancing Rabbit, I have definitely had more time to stop and smell the roses. Except, since we don’t really grow roses around here, the smells that I have enjoyed here are more of the woodsmoke, prairie grass, sawdust, manure-pile-for-my-garden variety. I think one of the fears people often have about moving to an intentional community is the giving up of “nice things.” But I’ve seen a lot of beauty in the past days, as I have since we moved here. Christina here, writing about all of the ways that I have stopped to smell the…read more >
Hard Play and Fun Work: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hard Play and Fun Work: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This has been a week of hard play, hard work, fun work, challenging work, and finally some rain (which lessened the workload considerably). Christina, here, bringing news of what’s been happening in this corner of NeMo. In my past life, I often heard people use the expression “work hard, play hard.” What I imagined when I heard that was someone who worked 50 or 60 hours at a corporate job all week, and then became a weekend warrior, running up mountains or playing hours of tennis with the same amount of intensity that they maintained all week at their jobs.…read more >
So Much Growing! A Dancing Rabbit Update

So Much Growing! A Dancing Rabbit Update

One of the main reasons I wanted to move to Dancing Rabbit was to be more in touch with the rhythms of the seasons and of day-to-day life. To watch things grow and change and develop and to be there for each step of the way. Well, I have been very in touch with that growth recently. Here’s what happens in northeast Missouri when it rains a bunch and then it’s hot and sunny for a few days: everything turns into a jungle. Christina here, writing about things that are growing, whether I want them to or not. My husband,…read more >
This Week’s Reasons Why: A Dancing Rabbit Update

This Week’s Reasons Why: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Every once in a while, I wonder why we decided to move our little family halfway across the country—why we decided to leave behind our house, extended family, jobs, schools, and a giant patch of black raspberries in our back yard. Christina, here, writing about this week’s reasons why. My week started off with a game of Capture the Flag on Sunday afternoon. Of the many ways that we play here, this is perhaps my favorite. Kids and adults sprinting along the paths, hiding behind buildings, chasing each other and screaming and laughing. I don’t remember which team got more…read more >
Drums, Voices, and Circles
: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Drums, Voices, and Circles
: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I’m sure that lots happened this last week here at Dancing Rabbit, but all I can think about is singing. Christina here, bringing news of drums, voices, and circles. Before I moved to Dancing Rabbit, singing was barely a part of my life. Sure, I sang to the kids to get them to sleep at night and I sang in the car all the time. But I'd been told sometime somewhere that I wasn't a good singer, and so I never really sang with or around other people. When I came to my first visitor session, I was by myself.…read more >
Plan to Keep Dripping: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Plan to Keep Dripping: A Dancing Rabbit Update

In song circle, we often sing a song that says: “Every time I go into the darkness, I return with fistfuls of jewels.” We sang that song many times on November 8th, along with plenty of other songs about darkness. And we've been singing it a lot since then. Still, it seems like a difficult idea  for many of us to believe right now—that times of darkness will result in something beautiful. Christina here, writing from cold, cloudy NEMO. Dark times are upon us, literally and figuratively, but there are ways to bring the light. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about…read more >
Winding Down the Season: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Winding Down the Season: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The last tours took place on Sunday, and the last visitors left on Monday. At Dancing Rabbit, it’s a season of winding down, but not one of giving up. Christina here, bringing news of good questions, swapped clothes, tomato sauce, and new possibilities. One of my favorite parts of the visitor sessions is answering questions. Yes, I like to feel useful and help people get the information that they need, but I really love questions that help me clarify my own views on tricky topics. At last week’s visitor Q and A, there were two questions that stuck with me. One, about areas…read more >