Family is Complicated…Or is it? A Dancing Rabbit Update

Family is Complicated…Or is it? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I've been reflecting on what makes a person "family". Certainly there are the legal connections by marriage and birth or adoption. There are folks who, like it or not, are family. But what about my mother's best childhood friend, whom I grew up calling my aunt? Or my friends who my young children knew as uncle? Or the playmates my kids were so tight with, that their parents felt like family too? Clearly there is some point at which that personal connection becomes deep enough, and comfortable enough, that people shift from friends to becoming like family...or perhaps even more…read more >
Celebrating 20 Years: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Celebrating 20 Years: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is growing up! The several-days-long on-farm Board of Directors meeting was ample proof of that. Our intrepid Board gathered to tackle high-level issues and review our collective progress to ensure we're on track with our overall mission "to create a society, the size of a small town or village, made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which allows and encourages its members to live sustainably. And to encourage this sustainable society to grow to have the size and recognition necessary to have an influence on the global community by example, education, and…read more >
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a… Drone? A Dancing Rabbit Update

I'm often surprised at how much we (the world in general, including those of us living at Dancing Rabbit) rely on technology, bucolic rural location notwithstanding. Given what we know about the impacts of resource extraction, and the negative effects this has on our environment and indigenous populations, how much longer can we continue to pretend "everything is fine" and feel good about our personal tech and the power it consumes? Cob here, bringing you the news of this past week at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I do find myself sliding into grumpy-old-man territory more often as the work of my…read more >
Starting Fresh: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Starting Fresh: A Dancing Rabbit Update

As I sit reflecting on the past week, enjoying the polar vortex that has delivered an unseasonable chill (low 50s overnight is NOT normal for Missouri at this time of year), I can't help but feel recharged and ready for new beginnings. Cob here, with a spring in my step to match my internal sense of the season. There were many fresh starts this past week, not the least of which is the arrival of another visitor group, soon to be friends. I had the privilege of preparing food for their first breakfast together, and felt renewed by their tangible…read more >
Letting Go: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Letting Go: A Dancing Rabbit Update

If you are like me, you probably struggle with finding the time to accomplish everything that you've tasked yourself with. I don't really understand why it's so hard to let go of the things that I obviously won't get to, or to simply accept that my notions of what I *think* I can get done are delusional and that I'm bound to trip over reality sooner or later. Cob here, writing to you after a week of regular collisions between what I WANT to do, and the realities of what I CAN do. Many of these reality-checks were time-based, and…read more >
Moving at the Speed of Life: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Moving at the Speed of Life: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Saturday's Metropolitan Opera broadcast was a performance of Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. You know, the one with the famous wedding march that virtually all brides use to make their grand entrance. While listening I was observing the frantic activity of at least 14 different species of insects visiting my blossoming plum tree. Cob here, offering that unusual pairing as the foundation for my report on all the happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I noticed that the many creatures visiting my plum tree each moved at different speeds as well. The honey bees were continually on the move, whereas some…read more >
The Work of Life, with Laughter and Tears: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Work of Life, with Laughter and Tears: A Dancing Rabbit Update

After weeks of record-breaking warmth and associated wild weather, the return to more seasonal temperatures has been a relief. While the maples have all bloomed, and the maple sugar season was over before it really started, the colder days have slowed the budding of the fruit trees. Hopefully the delay will hold them long enough that a late frost won't come along and nip them in flower. Cob here, wracking my brain to recollect what all happened this past week. I've lived here long enough, and have perhaps reached that personal mileage marker, where the routine doesn't lodge in my…read more >
The Secret Is in the Crust: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Secret Is in the Crust: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I'm feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much of my weekly work and responsibilities are computer-based, mixed with a child-like anticipation of widespread and long-lasting power outages, as such things usually result in an unexpected break from responsibility, school, work, and so on. So much of nature's beauty is shared with the awesome…read more >