March 26, 2012

Greetings! Tereza here, writing her first ever column in the 11+ years she's lived at Dancing Rabbit! Of course the top story continues to be the weather. The unseasonably warm temperatures mean folks are outdoors a lot, playing, hanging out--why, some of them are even working! (For those who may not know, this is a joke. Most Rabbits work their fluffy little tails off most of the time.) We're prepping and planting and pruning, getting ready for another year of growing food for ourselves and our community-mates. Rumors in this area involve Cob pruning the raspberry bushes near the Community…read more >

March 19, 2012

There was no putting off the fruit tree pruning any longer this week. It seemed to me that the peach tree in our courtyard, a two-trunked specimen that grew from the pit of a peach we ate while working on the kitchen foundation in 2004, went from bud break to bloom inside of a week. As I feverishly worked to finish the pruning of the ten trees we manage near our house, I was prodded constantly by the buds surrounding me, which seemed to pop open in the moments between glances. Sara put several sprays of peach and plum blossoms…read more >

March 4, 2012

I have heard many cries in the distance this week, ranging from “Bent Raising” to “Ultimate Frisbee”. These warmer days have afforded an opportunity for not only more work, but play as well. After the responsibility of retreat (intense meetings for 2 weeks), it seemed that people wanted to subsequently rejoice in the benefits of living in community. Julie here for this week's column. The biggest event this week (and definitely the most fun in my humble opinion) was the grand opening of the Casa de Cultura. Bear has been working tirelessly on completing this beautiful structure, with an eye…read more >

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 >