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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 »

  • Thoughts on Having Free-Range Kids

    As a somewhat terrified mother, one who imagines horrible scenarios in which her children are taken from her and she deals with that loss for the rest of her life (ya know, falling off the swing and breaking their neck, falling into the pool and breaking their neck, stumbling while catching a ball and breaking… Read more »

  • So You Want to Know About the Poop

    It may sound strange to say that I moved to Missouri because I want to poop in a bucket, but it’s actually true.  The process for dealing with the poop isn’t at all difficult for me.  What’s actually more difficult is that when I go into the outhouse or the Common House poop stalls, EVERYONE… Read more »

  • Why Not Just Stop By?

    So I had sort of a funny exchange via Facebook the other day.  I wanted to walk to town to get a few things and really just to try out the walk since we’re getting rid of our car soon.  I wasn’t sure if I would have enough time since I was meeting someone for… Read more »

  • I Can’t Do Whatever I Want (And That’s a Good Thing)

    Right now, it’s raining so I can’t wash clothes because there aren’t any dryers in the village.  It is also clean-team time in the Common House and the CASA from 9:30 until 11:00 so I can’t wash dishes either.  I can’t go anywhere because we don’t have our own car anymore and we haven’t finished the necessary requirements… Read more »

  • Paleo in a Vegetarian World

    Okay, so I should start off by saying that I’m not really Paleo.  I identify as Primal, meaning that I am fine with any and all dairy, especially raw milk and butter and full fat yogurt and and and… But I feel better when I don’t eat legumes or grains or sugar.  I started eating this… Read more »

  • Lessons Learned from Teaching (That I am Trying to Apply to Homeschooling)

    I was very excited to start homeschooling my kids.  It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since my nine-year-old was born.  But it hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be. I have struggled with a few things since we started. My daughter does not want to write at all.  She started one… Read more »

  • What I Miss, What I Don’t

    So, one question that I get is often is about what we miss.  And it’s harder to answer than I thought it would be… I miss our house, seeing friends and family from back east, and I miss Crossfit.  I miss having a paycheck and a definite source of income.  I miss all the local… Read more »

  • Money Versus Time

    I often think back to a conversation that I had with my roommate during my first year out of college.  I said that I’d rather have time than money, and she said that the time isn’t so great if you don’t have money to enjoy it. I was living in NYC at the time, where I realized that having… Read more »

  • How Kids Deal With Conflict (in Community)

    In my experience, when kids have conflict with other kids, their parents often say one of the following: A) “Just stay away from him from now on.  We won’t talk to that family any more.” B) “She’s just jealous because she knows that you’re prettier and smarter and have more friends.” C) “Uh, huh?  Really? Okay, just a… Read more »

  • When Your Child Has a Meltdown in Community

    So, the other day I was at a group meeting–the WIP (Week in Preview).  One of my children was tired and was very upset about not being able to take home an old partially-functioning phone that someone had brought for UFG (up for grabs).  Said child didn’t behave the way I would have liked during the meeting…. Read more »