February 27, 2012

This last week something strange happened…something wonderful: I put on my favorite pair of plaid shorts accompanied by a newly acquired plaid hat and, for good measure, a plaid shirt and jacket. This is noteworthy because it was WARM and SUNNY and BEAUTIFUL. With spring just around the corner I was swept up with glee and inspired to sport my warm weather attire in celebration. As I rejoiced in the glory of nature I saw folks joining in on the spring-like vibes. More walking. More talking. More work outside. Less scurrying inside to start fires. Less depression. More fun! Being…read more >

February 20, 2012

Hi, this is Sam, reporting from Dancing Rabbit's 2012 annual retreat. We're in the thick of it now. The first weekend of our annual decision-making retreat began Thursday evening and ended Monday afternoon. We have a few days off before going back to meetings on Friday morning. Retreat opened on Thursday evening with a potluck dinner and check-ins. "Check-ins," for those unfamiliar, is a time for a group of people to get together and just listen to how each other are doing. Around here a variety of groups use them, from couples to committees to sub-communities, and once a year…read more >

February 14, 2012

Hi all. This is Alline writing for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Writing this column can be a bit embarrassing at times. After my last column, where I declared the new Community Building to be fully approved (it was not) I reluctantly donned the title Minister of Disinformation. I promise that I will try to do better in the future, and be at least marginally more accurate. However, since one of the more entertaining aspects of small-town life is rumors – well, accuracy flies out the window when entertainment is at stake. Things feel very much in flux this time of year.…read more >

February 6, 2012

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 >

January 16, 2012

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 >

January 9, 2012

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 >