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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 »

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    Why Intentional Communities Are Great Places For Women

    Last week in my writer’s group, we talked about our “rules for writing,” what we had inherited, what we thought served us and what we thought didn’t serve us.  One of the rules that someone mentioned was something like “write for a specific audience.” I definitely have a specific audience in mind when I write… Read more »

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    The Kids Are All Right: Children At Dancing Rabbit

    One of the questions that people had when they learned that we planned to quit our jobs, leave our house, and take our family half way across the country to poop in bucket was: What about the kids? My daughter had been doing Tae Kwon Do for almost three years.  We had been in the same house… Read more »

  • Guys and Cos

    I am very happy living in a place where my son can wear a pink clip in his shoulder-length hair and a full flowing skirt to the Saturday-night dance party without even getting a laugh from anyone or an uncomfortable look.  Some men here have long hair, some wear earrings, and some wear skirts. Before… Read more »

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    Change and Uncertainty: Everything Here is a Work In Progress

    I forget that people call this a demonstration project–to me, it’s my new life. Experimentation is encouraged, and people are trying to figure out the best systems and methods and practices.  This also means that things are constantly a work in progress. The floors of buildings are not finished, there are piles of wood that… Read more »

  • A Day in The Life: Wednesday, April 27

    6:00 my alarm goes off.  It’s raining outside and still kind of dark, but I get out of bed and get dressed.  I take my computer over to the Common House to do some writing and to work on curriculum units that I am trying to sell so that we can have some income here.  Usually,… Read more »

  • Remembering Why I’m Here

    It’s happening less often, but I definitely have moments of “What the heck am I doing here?!” Things are starting to seem normal and everyday, but that also means that sometimes I forget why we have gone to all this effort to come here. I have volunteered to be a liaison for the first visitor… Read more »

  • The Tragedy of the Commons

    There is an old idea that when people share things, they don’t care as much about them.  It dates back to when people shared land to graze their livestock.  No one worried about overgrazing and they ruined the land. The idea is that when you own something, you take better care of it. Things around… Read more »

  • My First Women’s Circle

    Some day, I’ll look back at everything I wrote when we first got here and be embarrased at how little I knew and wonder why I wrote whole posts based on single experiences. But I’m writing it anyway. I went to my first women’s circle this week. Women’s Circle is a two-hour-long weekly meeting with a group… Read more »

  • Potluck in Community is Out of My Control (And That’s Fine)

    A few weeks ago, I went to Tuesday night potluck at a neighboring community.  Of the seven or eight dishes that were brought to share, every single one was a lentil dish. The potluck after that, there was baked human placenta (lovingly shared by a fellow villager who had just given birth) as well as… Read more »

  • Slow Living

    I’m not sure if it’s ecovillage life, or the midwestern way, but things here take a long time. During meetings, people stop to think about what they are going to say, and others wait for them to process their thoughts.  Some meetings last for hours. If I want to wash dishes, I have to fill… Read more »