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Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Betty Mallett.  Also to family and friends of Stanley Cunningham.  Stanley had grown up in Rutledge.  They had grave-side services for him at Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge.  A luncheon followed the service at Rutledge Lodge Hall hosted by Rutledge OES #343. On Sunday afternoon, guests at Bob and […]

Why Sin Doesn’t Feel Like A Choice

Even in church the concept of sin gets only vague recognition.  It seems to be more of a theological topic to be debated rather than noted as sheer rebellion spewing from the heart of man.  Before you sense this is a power-fisted rant by a squint-eyed preacher, wait. This is not a rant.  It is […]

Humility and Harmony

Many times when I pick up my bow I’m reminded of my first shotgun purchase as a sixteen year old. I’ve often said, I went into that store as a boy and left feeling like a man. My bow gives me an equal amount of manly pleasure. It’s not that I feel overtly prideful; it’s […]

18th Land Day

18th Land Day

Eighteen years ago seven dreamers, armed with a plan, two old computers and a lot of optimism, purchased 280 acres in Scotland County, Missouri. There wasn’t much here at the time – a machine shed, an old pole barn that had been used to house pigs, a pond with a leaky dam and a lot […]


Join me in wishing September the best, and looking on to October. Already???? The birds have been hushed by fall, and migration.  I still have House Sparrows, Doves, a few hummingbirds, Canada Geese, a few Killdeer, Nuthatch, and more.  It has been a beautiful month on a whole, and the fall is sure to be […]

Chef’s Hat

Chef’s Hat

Smack dab in the middle of Main Street of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, 30 Rabbits and friends sat last night. Aglow in candle and moonlight, they ate, clinked, laughed, and carried on. Donning the chef’s hat one day and the writer’s hat another, Nik here, waxing (and waning) poetic. Everyone’s hat rack is pretty full here, […]

What Can Be? 

We have great need today.  It’s always been this way.  That’s why we like discovery. There remains a thirst for breakthrough.  And, often we experience it.  Such reports are exhilarating.  And we want more. James Pollard Espy was eighteen years old.  Still unable to read or write at such an age, he was for some […]

Climbing Higher

Safety in the deer hunting world has made so many strides in the past few decades. I can remember when safety harnesses were not even invented and the only disclaimer on some climbing stands was ones that invoked its owner to “climb at your own risk”. Many hunters had accidents but it still surprises me […]

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to the family and friends of Florene Forrester. Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to a meeting at Camp Leeper on September 21st. Dan Kappus from Nashville, TN is visiting at Dancing Rabbit. Bob and Dorothy Hunolt went to Rachael and Leo Holton’s Sunday evening for a cook-out (hotdogs and smores).  JR and […]


Our fourth visitor session of the year began this past week, bringing together a fresh group that includes both new and previously-met friends. We are again opening our homes, kitchens, and lives in hopes of sharing knowledge, influencing some kindred souls, and perhaps attracting a few to make this their home as well. Tereza went […]

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