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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
The deal is you wear a silly hat and get a free piece of amazing birthday cake. Most everyone from Dancing Rabbit, Red Earth Farms, and Sandhill rose to the challenge to out-funny everyone else's headgear.