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How To Dress Like An Ecovillager

The only rule about what you can and can’t wear here is that there aren’t any rules.  Still, many people who can’t make their home in the ecovillage would still like to bring the ecovillage to their home.  One of the ways that you can do that is by the way that you dress. Here are… Read more »

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Retreating and Advancing

I know that living here is better for my family.  We have more time together, a more relaxed pace, more time in nature and playing outdoors. Yet I can’t help but think of what I left behind. As a public school teacher, I knew that I was making a diference.  With over 100 students most… Read more »

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Candles, Seeds, and Routines: What We’ve Been Up To

So we have been back from a seven-week trip to see family for about a week now, and we’re settling into our lives again.  At first, it was sort of a rough transition.  You mean I have to wash all those dishes?  Did you just say that we are on our last humey bucket?  We need… Read more »

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Are We Living In A Blue Zone?

A few weeks ago, while visiting family in Spain, we got in a debate about which countries have the longest average life span.  After a little discussion about averages and medians, and some google searches to decide who was the winner of the the argument that I don’t remember why we started, I stumbled on… Read more »

How I’m Reacting To This Mess

So my first reaction was that I am glad that I don’t have to see students that are happy about this and deal with that mess. And my second reaction was that this plan of mine to take my kids and go as far away from mainstream as possible is not looking so crazy anymore. Then I… Read more »

The Environmental Stuff is a No-Brainer For Me

I was talking with a friend the other day about how excited I am that (maybe hopefully probably) a lot of people will be moving here between now and next Spring (a lot being eight adults by my last count).  She said that she just hopes that the village doesn’t lose sight of our environmental… Read more »

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Why I Haven’t Been Writing Much

So it appears that I have done that thing that many people do when they are writing a blog–start a blog, get all excited and write a ton, and then drop it for weeks or months.  I keep thinking that maybe I’ll write again soon, but then I don’t.  It’s a combination of a few factors–just general… Read more »

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Homeschool Co-op

So after a few meetings, changes of plans, and go-around check-ins, we have created a homeschool co-op! Like every other kind of collaborative effort, it has taken a lot of talking and some compromise, but I am so excited about this homeschooling year. This is the schedule that we have come up with.  It could… Read more »


My Thoughts on Co-ops

Like with pretty much everything else here, I am just scratching the surface of the whole co-op idea.  I am currently a member of two co-ops, am forming a third, and will soon be out of one of those co-ops. We have been eating in Skykitchen for a few months now, minus our trip back… Read more »

21st Century Parenting

We definitely moved here to have more time together as a family. In fact, I would say that was the main reason why I wanted to get out of the mainstream. But sometimes it feels like I spend the whole day hoping that the kids will find something to do somewhere else or be invited… Read more »

  • In Which I Write About Money, Again

    Having a family here is not like having a family in the outside world–in many ways, of course, but especially when it comes to money. What I’m used to is the individual rate and the family rate.  So, for example, if I had joined the local pool by myself last year, it would have cost… Read more »

  • My Visit to The Other Side

    So we are in Massachusetts visiting family for a few weeks.  We are trying to get our full of seafood, cable TV, central air, unlimited driving, and the family and friends that we left behind when we moved. I don’t mind escaping the heat, and I am trying to enjoy some of the luxuries that… Read more »

  • My Morning Routine

    6:15 The alarm goes off.  I contemplate going back to sleep and catching up a little, but I love my morning time so much that I decide to get up.  Today, I slept for another 15 minutes because I was deep in a dream.  The light is pouring in the house when I get up… Read more »

  • Eating in a Food Co-op, This Time For Real

    When we joined a part time food co-op, it felt like a lot of compromise.  I had spent my entire adult life deciding what and when my family would eat.  But it was a great experience.  I enjoyed the extra time, I liked cooking special meals for other people once every two weeks, and I really… Read more »

  • Physical Work Is The End and the Means

    On Tuesday, I worked for an hour or two in our big garden mostly digging new beds into some pretty tough soil, then I worked at tugging prairie grass from a smaller garden that I have been working, and then after that, I worked for an hour for the grow-op, which is a group that is… Read more »

  • We’re Bourgey And That’s Fine

    After I had been doing crossfit for a while, I noticed that lots of soccer mom types were also signing up.  I commented to my husband that it was really becoming mainstream. And then I said, “Who am I kidding.  It became mainstream the day I walked through the door.” I like to think of myself as… Read more »

  • My First May Day Celebration

    The other week, I attended one of the best parties of my life.  It’s pretty strange to be the most mainstream, conventional, and maybe conservative person in the room, but it’s also very freeing.  Sandhill community, which is a smaller, income sharing community about three miles away, has an annual celebration for May Day–it’s also a… Read more »

  • It’s Groundhog Day Every Day

    Back in my old life–the one that I might have completely abandoned forever, the one that I lead for around seventeen years–there were many many highs and lows throughout the week. There was the Sunday night panic and dread of getting everything done to prepare for the week; there was the excitement of waking up early on… Read more »

  • Tiny House = Outdoor Living

    Living in a tiny house in an ecovillage, I get to go outside all the time. (Living in a tiny house in an ecovillage, I have to go outside all the time.) When I go to the bathroom or wash dishes or eat eight of my meals each week, I have to go outside.  If… Read more »

  • Complete Amateur = Good Guide

    Did you ever notice how many novels are written in the point of view of someone who is new to the society or place or group or whatever?  The Great Gatsby is the first that comes to mind.  Another member of my writer’s group pointed out that authors do this because then they can dump a lot… Read more »