Thursday, February 24, 2011

Discussing the Speak and On Foot the Walk

Milkweed Mercantile proprietors Alline & Kurt waiting for "meddlesome guests."

I have a Google alert for "Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage." Imagine my confusion, and then my delight, when I got the alert for this "article."

It clearly has been translated out of English into another language and back again. We believe that it is an article that began its life as a post written for Sustainablog by Brian "Ziggy" Liloila. What an incredible way to look at our lives here. I have bold-faced the passages that I like the best. Enjoy.

"Ever wondered what it felt similar to to live in a indeed tolerable community? Wonder no more, since Dancing Rabbit, an Ecovillage formed in northeastern Missouri may be a life varying experience for any person who’s peaceful to learn, live and work beneath their Eco-minded philosophy.

Dancing Rabbit was started to put the ideals of green communal living to action. In 1997, DR Land Trust purchased 280 acres of land in Rutledge, Missouri to emanate a residents of similar to disposed Eco activists and continually expands as the residents increases in its population. Nathan Brown, a long time proprietor and orator for Dancing Rabbit, sat down with me not long ago and talked about the expansion of Dancing Rabbit and why any person meddlesome in green office building should advance revisit and maybe even live as a member of this successful Eco village.

All Residents follow ecological covenants and discipline set onward by the community. Anyone who has an fascination in green living and office building are acquire to advance come together this bustling and peaceful community. The race has doubled since the commencement of Dancing Rabbit and Nathan surmises that race will twice from its stream race inside of couple of years.

This Eco encampment and zone is ceaselessly expanding as green living becomes more of a direction in the US. But the residents of Dancing Rabbit isn’t subsequent to a trend, to them, green living is a way of life, something that is ardent inside of them and they are discussing the speak and on foot the walk. Of march with any Eco disposed village, innate green office building is segment of their architectural plans.

Most of the office building materials are done of innate resources similar to staw scoop , cob, earth smear and earth floors. Dancing Rabbit moreover explores advance green technology and tries to confederate them in to the stream office building methods. Some of the office building methods that Dancing Rabbit hopes to implement are: made of clay flooring , rammed earth, earths hip, and living roof tiles where plants are planted on tip of the roof. All of the buildings on Dancing Rabbit are built with substitute energy.

A important e.g. of innate green office building is the Milkweed Mercantile , an Recyclable inn, green broad store and Organic grill that is segment of Dancing Rabbit. “Construction of the Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage began in the spring of 2007. We non-stop the store in July 2009, and had the authorized Grand Opening in April 2010,” says Alline Anderson, owners of Milkweed Mercantile. The two story strawbale residence runs only on solar power. The motel has 4 bedrooms and can residence up to 12 people. Visitors who are meddlesome in partial stays at Dancing Rabbit can stay at the Eco BB.

Green internships and green construction jobs are existing to any person who wants to live and work in the Eco village. The internships are jobs are not only paltry to green office building but moreover to organic gardening, green business such as the Eco Inn and Organic Cafe and moreover publishing."

In closing, I'd like to leave you with this: We look forward to your meddlesome partial stay. If you have something ardent inside of you please come visit us here where we are discussing the speak and on foot the walk.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yo Woodie Guthrie - Thanks for the Song!

It was on this day in 1940 that Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics to "This Land is Your Land" — now one of America's most famous folk songs (below is one of my favorite versions - love the brass!)

The melody is to an old Baptist hymn. Guthrie wrote the song in response to the grandiose "God Bless America" song, written by Irving Berlin and sung by Kate Smith. Guthrie didn't think that the anthem represented his own or many other Americans' experience with America. So he wrote a folk song as a response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," a song that was often accompanied by an orchestra. At first, Guthrie titled his own song "God Blessed America" — past tense. Later, he changed the title to "This Land is Your Land," which is the first line of the song.
Although Guthrie wrote the words to the song in his notebook on this day in 1940, he didn't perform it until 1944, and it was several years more still before he published it in a book of mimeographed folk songs. The song really took off in the 1960s. Bob Dylan did a famous version, and the song was huge in the Civil Rights movement.

Several other countries have appropriated the great American folk song. There's a Canadian version with the lyrics: "From Bonavista to Vancouver Island / From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes waters, / This land was made for you and me."

In a British version, which Billy Bragg often performs, it's "From the coast of Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands / From the sacred forests to the holy islands /This land was made for you and me."

And for the Irish, it's: "From the northern highlands to the western islands / From the hills of Kerry to the streets of Derry / This land was made for you and me."

There are Welsh and Swedish texts as well. Bruce Springsteen sang "This Land is Your Land" at 2008 rallies for candidate Barack Obama, and then performed it at the big Obama inaugural celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial, We Are One, which 400,000 people attended.

Lifted directly from Writer's Almanac. Thank you Garrison Keillor.