Hello from Northeast Missouri! Ted here to update you from Dancing Rabbit. Hard to say what season it is out there, exactly. I'm not much of a birder, but I know the sound of Spring birdsong in my bones, and I certainly heard it this week. That and the faint but wonderfully consistent blade whir of the Mercantile's wind turbine churning the steady wind into kilowatts. There is an odd quality to peoples' appraisals of the weather lately—a mixture of enjoying a seemingly stolen bit of another season, and waiting for the other shoe to drop…will we have some real…read more >
Funding and designing the new common house have been the biggest things affecting the most members lately. It takes a diverse palette of talents and energy to make a building happen, and even more so in a consensus-based non-profit environment.
Hi everyone. This is Alline filling in for Jordan, who had to go California unexpectedly (hi Jordan! We miss you!). OK. Here is your hypothetical/imaginary assignment for today. You are asked to design a new community building for your neighborhood. You’ll be working with the 50 neighbors who live closest to you. Oh, heck. For this exercise I’ll even let you choose people that you actually like. You and these 50 people share core values but have very different opinions about how things should be done. Now – Your first step is to agree on what features the building will…read more >
Greetings gentle readers, and welcome back to October! It's hard to grasp that sunny days in the upper 50s and night time lows above freezing have anything at all to do with January. Cob here, not really complaining about the weather, but feeling unsure about what it will mean for the maple sugaring season! Maple sugaring here in NEMO is a bit different from what I experienced in Upstate New York. NY always experienced a deep freeze from mid-December through late-February, and when the weather broke the sap would flow heavily for a solid 2-3 weeks before the trees broke…read more >
Happy Boxing Day to all you email subscribers out there from Ted here at Dancing Rabbit! We've had a good week here, including everything from a dance party at La Casa, to a Solstice gathering at the Common House, to a Christmas Eve gathering with mulled cider, cookies and games hosted by Kurt and Alline at the Milkweed Mercantile. Now moving on toward the new year with expectation of another celebration at the end of the week, we seem to be taking a collective break from the intensity one often experiences here. On the 25th we took advantage of the…read more >
Hi everyone. This is Alline writing the very first Dancing Rabbit column for 2012. I’m sitting here at my (solar & wind-powered) computer feeling sugared-out, and wondering what it would be like to have Christmas in, say, Australia, where the holiday falls right smack in the middle of the summer. Would we be eating fresh tomato and basil salads instead of eggnog and chocolate fudge? Many of us are still smiling from our New Year’s Eve party. Planned and executed by former work exchanger Craig Duncan, the evening was filled with something for everyone, and was chock full…read more >