what are we going to do with all this zucchini?

Fall air brings dreams of canning and visions of beautiful rows of glass jars filling old wooden shelves. Despite my constant apocalyptic reverie, I still hadn’t learned anything about canning. But my pirate friend, who is actually a wise old grandma in disguise, brought the ingredients and the recipe, and I had a try. Unfortunately […]

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sticks and carrots

A confession: I hate building. The closest I’ve been able to come to liking it is mindless neutrality, a meditative, trance-like state that comes from the repetitive motions lulling me out of thought completely. Until Workshop called to tell me that there was a wagon to be had in Russelsheim, and I dragged trash house […]

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hammer, säge, scharfe zähne

I have reached the magical point where I can now imagine finishing the wagon. Which might sound shabby, but it makes all the difference. The fall air has everyone building–fixing a leaky roof, building a shelf, installing a new wood stove. The feeling of fall gives me energy, makes me want to hoard food and […]

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the marauder’s guide to “wagenplätze,” continued

And then the questions kept coming. If you didn’t read part one of this question and answer, you can find it here . Otherwise, here are some more detaily details about living in a wagon community with a whole bunch of people. What about animals? There are at least as many animals here as there […]

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ulcer, thy name is visa, part the second

Even the extra week didn’t help, and I couldn’t have gotten the paperwork together in time anyway. My checklist said I needed a copy of my birth certificate issued within the last six months. To do that I had to send away to the States, to a company that refused to actually send me the […]

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ulcer, thy name is visa

I have known that this day was coming for three years. The day the Ausländerbehörde (“aliens department” as the online dictionary so ominously translates it) issued my last visa, I left the office thinking vaguely of the day when I would have to come back with a new stack of papers, take a number, and […]

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the marauder’s guide to “wagenplätze”

I have been exchanging emails with a soon-to-be Frankfurter who, through his questions, has made me realize that despite all my winding narrative attempts, I’ve left a lot of unanswered questions about wagenplätze for the detail-oriented and the seriously curious. So here is a detailed question and answer with some of the most common questions […]

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