Category Archives: DANCING RABBIT

Muck and Marshmallows

Written on March 28, 2017 at 11:55 am, by

Howdy y’all. Ben here, finally upland of the soggy pig waller I’ve been slogging about in for the last week. One week and about a dozen neighbors, plus some sheet metal and some marshmallows, is all it took for me to get our sow loaded onto the trailer, but as the old joke goes, “What’s […]

Happy Spring!

Written on March 21, 2017 at 9:54 am, by

The cat lockdown began this week, initiating four months (through mid-July) of our annual attempt to shelter ground-nesting birds in the village area from the depredations of our vicious feline friends in the most sensitive period of raising their young. Ted here—a little weary from multiple nighttime wake-ups by my cat Gromit to let him […]

The Work of Life, with Laughter and Tears

Written on March 14, 2017 at 10:26 am, by

After weeks of record-breaking warmth and associated wild weather, the return to more seasonal temperatures has been a relief. While the maples have all bloomed, and the maple sugar season was over before it really started, the colder days have slowed the budding of the fruit trees. Hopefully the delay will hold them long enough […]

Sometimes the Grass Really is Greener

Written on March 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm, by

I love the month of March. Every year, as winter cold dissolves into spring, I find myself amazed at the sheer heartiness and determination it must take for plants and animals to survive a climate that turns against them for months on end. I’m reminded of the creativity and strength of will our ancestors must […]

Drums, Voices, and Circles

Written on February 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm, by

I’m sure that lots happened this last week here at Dancing Rabbit, but all I can think about is singing. Christina here, bringing news of drums, voices, and circles. Before I moved to Dancing Rabbit, singing was barely a part of my life. Sure, I sang to the kids to get them to sleep at […]

Never mind the Groundhog

Written on February 21, 2017 at 11:59 am, by

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where I’m currently doing my best to stay ahead of the changes in the weather. Folks who’ve read this column for years certainly know by now that we Rabbits, like most rural folk, have a preoccupation with the weather. After all, it dictates a lot of our […]

Pick a Season, Any Season

Written on February 14, 2017 at 11:37 am, by

It’s certainly been an interesting week here in Rabbitland in terms of the weather. Seems like we had every season this week. There was snow, though sadly (for some) not enough for sledding, and it melted fairly quickly leaving my least favorite kind of weather: muddy. Those soggier days felt like fall to me. Then […]

Big Burn, New Kids, Big Game

Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:08 am, by

Despite what the calendar says, large V-formations of geese have been doing their annual fly-over westward this week, and the wind and temperature variations have suggested early March. We tapped a few maples early in the week, and I’ve managed to get in some outdoor work most days. Just another consecutive year of the hottest […]

Good Soil to Grow In

Written on January 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm, by

Good morning, dear readers! Lucas here, and I’m going to be a bit selfish today, and share some personal news and perspective with you. Technically, this IS news about Dancing Rabbit, but instead of focusing on village happenings as a whole, I find my thoughts can’t wander too far or wide these days, as my […]

The Secret Is in the Crust

Written on January 17, 2017 at 11:43 am, by

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I’m feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much […]