Critter Radio: Mae Talks Donkey

This episode of Critter Radio features Donkey– our “beast of burden?”

We’re pleased to announce the second installment of Critter Radio, the (very) unofficial podcast of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. In this episode, hosts Rabbit Yoder and Sweet Piney Fresh Downlow Brownlow introduce fellow Critter Mae Ferber. Althea chimes in with her hot chocolate spoon. This week’s happenings include a not-your-mom’s tupperware party. Mae goes on to introduce yet another critter– Donkey! and explains how he’s handling his cart training. We wrap the show up with the methodology behind Mae’s feather business.

We also touch on a Dancing Rabbit myth– that we’re all tree huggers. Are we guilty? (Can you hug a tree with a chain saw…?)

Honey Locust- Tree of Utility and Pain

Honey Locust Tree

Move along, mastodon.

Howdy y’all. Y’know, there’s a lot of useless information on the internet. And I reckon that if we Critters really wanted some attention on this here interwebsite, we’d be talking about cats and taking blurry pictures of what we had for dinner. Fortunately for all of us, the camera battery blew up on the ol’ jury rigged solar system, so you’ll have to wait ’til later for a useless update on some food we just ate that you’ll never taste.

Instead I’m just gonna bury this endorsement of one of our most underlooked Midwestern trees, the honey locust, way back here on the dusty shelves of our inter-tubes, in hopes that our prickly neighbor gets a bit of consideration in the pantheon of arboreal heroes.

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Critter Scout – Critter Cadette – Critter Comrade – Guest Post By: Amber Lee M.

Image       The day I completed my last final exam was the day I packed up all of my belongings and set forth on my expedition to North East Missouri. While I was camping in the Shawnee National Forest, the day before my arrival, it dawned on me that I had no idea what I would be doing during my work exchange visit. It is true that Mae and I had exchanged E-mails prior to my journey but the only indication from Mae which indicated my purpose was ” I can’t wait to have help with the animals”. Honestly, It didn’t really matter to me what I would be participating in while at Dancing Rabbit because having the opportunity to participate in the community for any amount of time doing any sort of work sufficed my eagerness.

Georgia license plate tag’s rolled into the Dancing Rabbit parking lot along with a dust trail lingering behind. Once the car was parked I immediately asked the first person I ran into, who I now know is named Denis, where I could find the ‘Critter’s’ homestead. Lo and behold Ben was just down the gravel path walking with some buckets

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Critter Radio Is Live!


Well, recorded yesterday. But anyway, it’s up! Our mic worked, and we didn’t trip over our tongues too bad. Critter Radio is the first unofficial Dancing Rabbit podcast! Hosted by Rabbit Yoder and Sweet Pine Pine Fresh Downlow Brownlow, Critter Radio brings you news, conversation, perspectives, and various bullshittings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Podcasts are available in downloadable .mp3, or streaming through the embedded player. Alternately you can check us out on Youtube. Here’s the blurb for the first installment!

March 26, 2014: Kyle and Ben introduce ourselves as your hosts Rabbit Yoder and Downlow Brownlow.  There’s conversation featuring the ever prolific Muscovy duck (whose population exploded tenfold over the last summer!). I’ve a song for Ben with a little Critter easter egg riddle. Later, we give you a peak into the Week In Preview schedule (the WIP) to give you an idea of the happenings at DR. Ben reads his latest Memphis Democrat article, and the show is capped by some cozy firelight coming to you over the radio waves.

Note: We’re not really sure what warrants an “explicit language” heads up. But there’s some (what we consider) minor language liberties taken here.

(Episodes can be downloaded in the archive under the “Critter Radio” tab.