around the platz, april 2014

Wow guys. I finally posted something that even those having trouble seeing my new posts could actually find, and all the “we missed you” and “yeys” I heard in return were awesome. Thanks for the high fives. Back at you. Today I’ve got a few more photos of life on the Platz, though at this […]

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daily life, february 2014

With three trailers (Wägen) our daily life has changed again.  It is always changing.  The nature of life, the nature of parenting, the nature of the passing of seasons.  It feels worth recording.  It feels like the more of these posts that I remember to write, the more interesting it will one day be to […]

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one tiny door closes, another tiny door opens

Remember how we needed a third Wagen, and found one?  (Pictures here.)  How I had all these building plans that you never heard about again?  Yeah.  Cough cough.  Wolf!  Wolf wolf wolf! Turns out that organizing all the banal daily shit—eating and keeping Baby Pickles happy and cared for, getting to work on time,  shit […]

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speaking of tiny kitchens

While I am on the subject of tiny kitchens… This is the cute teeny tiny little kitchen the Beard and I were using before we left Mainz. Glad I thought to document it before we blew off on the wind. How to do a kitchen when you only have three by two meters.

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bauwagen life according to universalnetz.de

In search of interesting Bauwagen illustations this morning, I happened upon an interesting article about Wagenplatz living. I felt compellted to share it with you despite its being in written in German because it is accompanied by some ancient pictures of our community—pictures from the time before the university kicked us off of half of […]

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what i love about winter

The moment that snow starts falling my head fills with cheesey songs about snow from lifetimes past. Christmas songs, songs I’ve sung in choirs—they all begin to play on repeat (or the tiny chunks of them I can still remember) on cue with a coating of white. Snow and wet winters always propel my appreciation […]

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wagenplatz dominos

Ahh Haus Mainusch. How I love you in theory and hate you in practice. Especially when the people who host parties and concerts in you can’t figure out how to turn down the bass on the too-powerful sound equipment that they have decided to use to serenade the five people still hanging out at 3 […]

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midwives and home births in germany, part the first

The first midwife that we met with was a young, bubbly woman, friendly in the way that you expect people who work in American customer service to be. We chatted with her about her experience and ours, but it was clear within a couple of minutes that she wasn’t the midwife for me: she didn’t […]

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not going to make a juvenile joke about wood in the title (even though i really want to)

About a month ago the wood briquettes arrived, and a few weeks after that the winter’s firewood. The prices were good (3.25 per pack for the briquettes and 55 euro per square meter for mixed firewood), and our three meters and 20 packs have all been safely stacked away in Frankenshed. By the Beard. Because […]

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another day in the life

One of the goals I have in writing this blog is to depict what life in a tiny caravan in an intentional community is like. What is different about living in such a small space? In having a kitchen with no running water? In having to walk outside to go to the bathroom? How is […]

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