Category Archives: DANCING RABBIT


Written on January 8, 2019 at 10:28 am, by

Since I moved to Missouri from California almost two years ago, I have had a tendency to look back and compare my experiences with each turn of the season. Whenever I can recall a memory of Dancing Rabbit instead of California, things feel a little easier. Liz here, with an update on the new year […]

Pay Dirt

Written on January 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm, by

Howdy y’all. Ben here, your favorite manure-encrusted freelance writer (emphasis on the free), bringing the latest news from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in cold, dreary Northeast Missouri. I’m encrusted in manure for a few reasons. One is that my work area this afternoon is a somewhat rare combination of icy yet muddy conditions; it’s like scrabbling […]


Written on January 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm, by

As long as we have kept chickens — which our oldest Speckled Sussex hen, Rose, tells me is something like nine years now — I have noticed that within a few days of the winter solstice, egg production starts to rebound. Laying is influenced by light exposure, and it only takes a few minutes shift […]

Nothing Can Be Perfect

Written on December 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm, by

On Wednesday, exhausted from an eight-hour drive, my mom (Ange), little sister (Karina) and I arrived home after spending three weeks in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where my grandparents live and where I was born and raised up until last year. When we arrived, our home was warm and toasty thanks to Aurelia (one of […]

Two Arrows

Written on December 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm, by

Winter is in full force right now in the Midwest. Liz here, with the latest from Dancing Rabbit. Friends back in California are surely thinking I’m a fool for moving here and Rabbits who have lived at DR for a while are surely thinking I have yet to see the worst of the winter weather. […]

Combining Thanks and Giving: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Written on November 27, 2018 at 12:25 pm, by

I sit here bundled against the cold with two dogs at my feet, listening to my toddler laugh as he plays in the bathroom sink. Yes, he has figured out how to move the dog food bin to the counter and climb on it to give himself access to the wettest and “funnest” game ever. […]

Slow and Busy

Written on November 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm, by

Since spring, I have looked forward to wintertime, when I hoped to have hours every day to lounge around reading books, knitting, and chatting by the fire. Well, we have had a fire going most days at our house and I have read some great books recently, but I still haven’t learned to knit. And […]

Putting Down Roots

Written on November 6, 2018 at 12:18 pm, by

Across my neighbor’s yard, there is a tree that seems to be watching me. It is so still, so solid, and always growing. Its trunk and branches may be still, but beneath the soil, its roots reach out to exchange nutrients with the soil. The concept of roots could be applied in an interesting way […]

It Depends

Written on October 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm, by

Grandma Matthews did not like going to the chicken coop when she was a girl. She lived on a small farm just south of Corder, Missouri. “I would go into the chicken coop and those chickens would just fly everywhere, and . . . ughh!I hate chickens.” She loved her Guernsey milk cow though. “That […]

The Ongoing Fiasco: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Written on October 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm, by

Howdy y’all. I guess it’s my turn to write this thing again. I’ll just tell you, because I’m required to do so, that my name is Ben and I’ve been bumbling about Dancing Rabbit for a hot minute now, doing things and touching stuff in a vain attempt to live a little simpler than I […]