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 >
Making Room: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Making Room: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The season of snow, bitter winds, and warm crackling fires is well and truly upon us. The gardens are finally dormant, seed catalogs are piling up, and holiday decorations are coming out along with the wafting scents of baking cookies. I love the Christmas holiday! Cob here, with my musings this week from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. It's been a fairly quiet week overall, with people traveling to visit with far away family. Folks who were participating in or standing witness for the #NODAPL and Mississippi Stand protests are back home, safe and sound. Birthdays and associated cakes have been appreciated…read more >
Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm: A Dancing Rabbit Update

By the time you read this it will likely be November, with less than a week remaining until Election Day, and the weather forecast suggests that I'll be out in my garden still harvesting tomatoes, brassicas, hot peppers, and green beans, in my summer togs no less. Cob here, trying to remain calm and focus on the continuing stream of fresh vegetables, rather than the ever increasing number of above average temperature days here in Missouri. Sure we've had a couple light frosts, but nothing cold enough to actually end the growing season, or require much in the way of…read more >
Transitions: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Transitions: A Dancing Rabbit Update

It's often said that there is nothing more consistent than change. Perspectives change as we get older, or encounter new challenges. Seasons change as we plant, garden, and harvest. Society and culture changes as new technologies are developed or made obsolete and as new generations move into leadership roles. These transitions between what came before and the new reality are rarely smooth, often being met with fear, mistrust, and increasing resistance until some critical tipping point is reached, and the world moves on. Cob here, sharing the latest news and transitions from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Our biggest collective event of…read more >

Compassion, Connection, and Building Bridges: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hopefully by the time you read this we will have had some rain. Meanwhile it's mostly hot and dry, with a fine layer of dust and pollen on every surface indoors and out. To be sure, we've had a few welcome cool nights, and even dropped below the dew point once or twice, but that's only enough to keep the weeds and the crabgrass happy. Cob here with your weekly update on the latest and greatest happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, or, as I call it, home. Hot and/or dry years are always particularly challenging for the ecologically-conscious gardener. Reliance…read more >

Noticing Patterns: A Dancing Rabbit Update

I feel like I'm finally starting to understand my parents. It's taken 50 years to get to this point, but maybe that's normal. I've made enough orbits now that I'm beginning to be aware of larger patterns, the deeper periodicity of human social systems (a.k.a. politics), and the different perspectives on life across generations. Cob here, with this week's perspective on life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. To be clear, this is MY perspective, as there are many to choose from. This week I've been noticing patterns. Historical patterns, cultural patterns, political pendulums, seasonal arrhythmia, and my children encountering opportunities to repeat…read more >

Seeing Green: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Greetings gentle readers!  Cob here, filling in for one of our regular writers this week.  As I sit thinking back on the happenings of the past week, I am struck by the deep vibrant green that has taken over the world, wherever I look.  The long overdue rain has not only revived the gardens and brought much needed moisture to the soil, but it has rinsed the dust and pollen off the trees and grasses, making everything look good enough to eat. If there is any pattern or theme to recent days, it is certainly one of renewal and the…read more >