Hi friends. Alline here, with news from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. This past weekend Dancing Rabbit hosted 20 people in an intensive seminar we call an Ecovillage Weekend Experience. Along with the usual sessions on the things we feel are of interest to our guests — communication, decision-making, self-care, natural building, and alternative energy — I asked to give a presentation on home funerals and natural burial. While it might not be considered a happy, upbeat topic, I found that something quite profound happens when we are given the opportunity to care for those we loved, to bury them in a…read more >
Hi friends, This is Alline, with my last column for a while. I anticipate being busy working on the details of taking the Milkweed Mercantile from a sole proprietorship to a worker-owned cooperative. It is very exciting, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens! Another week at Dancing Rabbit has flown by. Snippets that shine most brightly are: the hilarious puppet show that Mica and Thomas put on at the Mercantile in honor of Mae & Ben's new baby (note: as of the time of this writing – Monday, 2/15 – the baby has not yet been born),…read more >
Hygge has more to do with people's behavior towards each other. It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality, and contentment rolled into one.
Many of us hope to make a difference by the way we live our lives. I agree with author Paolo Coelho, who said: “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
Eighteen years ago seven dreamers, armed with a plan, two old computers and a lot of optimism, purchased 280 acres in rural Scotland County, Missouri.
But there is more to the Permaculture Design Course than food (hard to believe, eh?). For example, what the heck is permaculture?
A casualty of too much rain was the Big Bike Ride Across Missouri, aka the Big BAM. We were very disappointed, not only for ourselves and the town of Rutledge but for the riders and organizers who put so much time and thought into the week.
Most Americans don’t share my obsession; I’m delighted to live in an area where so many people do. There are lots and lots and lots of clotheslines in Northeast Missouri.