Category Archives: DANCING RABBIT

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 […]

The Frost Has Come

Written on October 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm, by

All good things come to an end, I hear, and in my 15-plus years at Dancing Rabbit, it has so far held true that every warm season is sooner or later met with a first frost. I did see the forecast—patchy frost here the other morning—and I’ve seen the marginal impact on beans and sweet […]


Written on October 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by

I have a sense of time marching on as the season shifts gears from late summer to fall. Liz here, checking in with the latest about Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. This week we had several rain storms, including one loud thunderstorm that kept me up for hours. I am grateful after these storms that my little, […]

Permaculture Design

Written on September 25, 2018 at 12:50 pm, by

Howdy y’all. My name’s Ben. I have a master’s degree in duck husbandry and domestic thermodynamics and a minor in bull manure, which is probably how I ended up on the prestigious list of presenters and learning leaders for Dancing Rabbit’s new, homegrown Permaculture Design Certification currently in progress. Now a person can read some […]

Cat Karma: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Written on September 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm, by

The other night, Highway MM from Rutledge to Memphis and back was two very different experiences. On my way, in the partial light and drizzle, it was a beautiful country drive: hills and curves and cows. I love these kinds of drives. I used to have to leave the city to take a country detour like this. […]

Seven Plump Piglets and Bioluminescent Fungi

Written on September 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm, by

September rolled in quietly last week while my attention was elsewhere. Now I find myself halfway through the remaining few weeks of summer, finally enjoying as many tomatoes and dropping peaches as I care to eat. I’m appreciating these cooler days and nights, as well, even though they portend the waning of the season when […]

Bringing the Festival to My Own Backyard: A Dancing Rabbit Update 

Written on September 4, 2018 at 11:41 am, by

I’m sure that plenty of exciting things happened here at Dancing Rabbit during the past week—not the least of which is that we finally got some much-needed rain! But I’m having a hard time remembering it all over the songs in my head. I’m not the first to say it, but one of the really […]

Written on August 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm, by

What does it mean to live an authentic life? Liz here, observing the effects of passing the one-year mark of living in alignment with my values, intentions, and purpose. What I remember of my former, urban life (as it fades into the mists of time), is that I experienced considerable tension when thinking about the […]