Well, it's the second day of our stay here on The Farm, an intentional community that began with a caravan of hippies traveling the country looking for land in the early 1970s. The community is no longer communal, instead it consists of individual homes, small cottage industries, a midwifery center, a publishing company, an ecovillage training center, and more.
Everyone here has been very kind, and we have been lucky enough to have a generous hostess who managed to secure us invitations to two parties on our first night here: a Hannukah lattke party, as well as a wonderful party with excellent live bluegrass. The bands were great, and we were lucky to hear bluegrass versions of the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil" and The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood".
This afternoon, we had a small group over to our hostess' home for a lively session of Laughter Yoga, and then Mary and our hostess headed over to a nearby town for a house party with even more live music. Meanwhile, Tina and I enjoy a blissful evening of having an actual house to ourselves! As I write, Tina snores on the rug, her belly filled with yummy dog food and treats.
We will be arriving in Atlanta around December 22nd to celebrate Christmas at my sister's cozy home, and my mother will fly in from New Jersey to join us. At the moment, we have no idea where we're going tomorrow or where we'll spend the next week. We have some feelers out for other Tennessee communities, but we may very well end up relaxing at a state park somewhere in Alabama for a spell.
We will post photos and more news from our visit to The Farm over the next few days, so check back in soon, and please keep those comments and emails coming! (To contact us both, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)