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April 5, Community Dinner: Salsa night! Plus doin’ the limbo!

Last night’s Thursday Dinner was held at the second DeKist house, with able and willing hosts John (on left) and Andreas.

As usual, at this house where there is a large living room, we ate dinner in small clusters.

Lots of grinning.

Afterwards, as planned for this evening (and why we needed the big, bare floor living room!), Mariella put on salsa music and introduced us to salsa dancing.

Then someone got the wild idea to “do the limbo.”

Asiri’s Birthday takes over Spring Equinox Ceremony!

We had billed Thursday’s Community Dinner as the evening we would also celebrate the Spring Equinox, even though it actually took place on March 20, two days prior. To that end we had wood set in the fire pit outside, and planned on a short, spontaneous ceremony. But, then Asiri’s birthday party entered the mix. Mariella asked that we give her a surprise birthday party, complete with magnificent cake, candles and birthday song — oh yes, and balloons . . . Here they are, on the way over, with Mariella.


In order to surprise her daughter, she had to plan carefully, bringing the glorious birthcake, candles, and balloons early. Her Mom Marissa, visiting from New Jersey, would walk over with the kids. Aha. Here they come! Sing!

Next, hugs! From Ann and Kat . . .

Meanwhile, across-the-street neighbor Carissa had arrived with son Wyatt for the first time in months! Told us that our Community Dinners conflicted with his bedtime, which is why they hadn’t been with us. But this time, she stayed awhile anyway.

Marissa took one look at the baby,

and of course, had to hold him!

Okay, time to go back to Mom. About this time, dinner was served, with plenty and variety for all. Would we have room for that fabulous cake?

Mariella got the cake (filled in part with frozen yogurt) out of the freezer,

and lit the candles.

Time to blow them out and sing happy birthday again!

After all the festivities were over —and a bunch of us were sitting around drinking John’s fabulous jaegermeister, infused with 56 herbs and so delicious I was astonished — someone asked me, what about Spring Equinox. Are we going to do a ceremony? Hmmm. It seemed like Asiri’s birthday has taken precedence, and besides, Equinox was actually two days ago, I replied. However, I added, we can light a fire outside if we want to!

Apparently jaegermeister had immobilized everyone, cuz nobody made a move.

However, when Kathy then asked what we would have done, had we held a ceremony I replied that my own way of seeing spring equinox is that it’s when each of us must hold in balance, for a split second, both the dark (winter) and light (spring) parts of ourselves. That hopefully we have worked with our own shadows (the parts of ourselves we don’t like much) over the winter and integrated them to the point where we can go forth now into the increasing light. . . Hmmmm.

Later, I laughed, telling Dan that instead of a ceremony we held a meta-ceremony, telling what we would have done had we done one.

In any case, the evening went very well, as you can see from the look on Alex’s face. Another Thursday Community Dinner down!



Mid-March: The Quickening

Well, yes, it’s going to get down into the 30s again tonight, and later this afternoon rain is promised (again, yet again), BUT this dear morning was glorious, and for a few days now, rain or shine or blustery wind, the daffodils have been blooming.

Late last week, Rebecca planted the mustard greens, first planting of the new season.

Lee, a Woofer who was here overnight and worked very hard both days, helped prepare the bed, and uprooted a huge plant that has outlived its usefulness. (Can’t remember its name.)

Meanwhile, John worked in the greenhouse, with seedlings,

and Dan sawed off a couple of logs for the little fireplace that we still need in the greenhouse, on cold nights.


Thursday evening, last week, no “Community Dinner,” instead a dinner for  “just us,” those who live here, plus Woofer Lee, on the right.

This morning, I came back from taking my car to get an oil change (and walking with Shadow while waiting, six miles!), and to my surprise, I see this, in the back, the removal of all but two of the Garden Towers from the small greenhouse, in prep for planting. Great coordination, folks. Great heave-ho, though actually, it was “one two three” up and “one to three” down, thanks to Nathan’s chant (he’s the one in skirt and barefeet . . .).

Meanwhile, even as spring quickens, I’m still more likely to be planted in “my” chair with ipad, and, in a rare moment, both dogs on lap! Quick Dan, take a picture!

We will be holding a private “rooting” ceremony for Nathan on the evening of the actual Equinox, tomorrow, March 20, and a community Equinox Ceremony after Thursday’s Community Dinner, symbolically realized by planting one of the Towers, and hopefully, enjoying our first outside fire of the new year.

Then, after dinner Thursday the following week,  Salsa Dancing lesson, thanks to Mariella!

Notice the diversity of sharings and engagement, just in this one post! I am reminded of the shortest version of our new description of Green Acres Village:

GREEN ACRES PERMACULTURE VILLAGE is a small, retrofit, intergenerational intentional community in a core suburban college town neighborhood that integrates self-knowledge and expression with a shared culture among humans and the living Earth to encourage abundance on every level.


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