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Rutledge Renegades

Dorothy Clark went to Burlington, Iowa to visit a few days with daughter and son-in-law, Kathie and John McPherson. Bette Wiley’s sister, from Pekin, IL is recovering well from back surgery.  She is 85 years young. Reva Hustead and Vada Granger went to Quincy, IL Bob Hunolt brought in a large Angel Trumpet flower. Emmett […]

Influence by Example

Influence by Example

Hi friends. This is Alline, writing for Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Most of us who live at Dancing Rabbit have come here to make a difference. To, as the quote from Mohandas Gandhi goes, “be the change we wish to see”. The mission statement for Dancing Rabbit’s non-profit arm includes the notion that our sustainable society […]


Do you all plan Thanksgiving dinners centered around a roasted turkey?  Many households prepare their turkeys the day before, carve them, refrigerate and reheat before the meal.  Others carve them fresh out of the oven, ready to set on the table. Missouri’s wild turkey population start nesting in April.  Hens generally select nest sites in […]


I’ve often noticed how deer live mostly in a quiet environment. Even this morning I watched one particular city dwelling doe begin to get a bit nervous when the noise of traffic began to surround her. She quickly moved to a quieter place. Not only do they prefer a soundless surrounding, but most of the […]

What Are Christians To Do With The Isis Crisis? 

Christianity faces some of its greatest days.  We best not miss them.  I’m not being Pollyanna nor am I being naive.  In these very treacherous, threatening, and perplexing days of militant-striking global news, the stage is set for believers in God to shine on this very stage which has such a stark, dark background. If […]

Rutledge Renegades

Ruth Ludwick went to Florida for three days to visit her daughter, Kay Philips and family. Ruth brought Neta Phillips several dinners.  Thank you Ruth! Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Pella, Iowa. Bette Wiley’s grandson, Danny Wiley from Clarksville came with Pastor Art Moore to hunt on the farm.  Danny came in and […]

Over Calling

I sat for hours and hours in the woods – on a 2 x 3 foot platform over 20 feet in the air. I did it day after day and sometimes all day long. I know it sounds crazy to non-deer hunters but to be honest, when you go home empty handed, it sounds crazier […]


Mankind must push back if we are going to inhabit the territory of faith.  Believing has been stricken by opposing forces; reduced to a mere step in a legalistic religious system.  It is more.  It is much more.  It is the positive explosion of possibility. Across the Christian board, leadership and followship have been lured […]


No doubt most of you that have hobbies end up making a few friends through those pursuits. I have made several bird watching friends since I began watching bluebirds several years ago. One in particular, my neighbor and good friend, Nancy. She lived not far from me here in the country. Being from Wisconsin, and […]

No Hibernating

No Hibernating

Like rabbits in the wild, those at Dancing Rabbit do not hibernate in the winter.  Sure, there are fewer visitors and less outdoor work to do, but there are always board meetings! Zach here, reporting live from somewhat of a flurried week.  No, not snow.  It’s been unseasonably warm, which has meant extra time for […]

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