Happy Flag Day!

Each year on June 14 we celebrate the wonder that is Old Glory with pride and local flavor. Check out a few fun facts and the history of Flag Day from the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia. If I lived in the area, my event choice would be the free hot dogs at the Columbus/Fort Benning [...]

Heartbreak in Whately, MA

A massive fire tore through the Golonka farmhouse in Whately, Massachusetts last week. Sonia and Mary Golonka died. A sad day for the Golonka family, the Pioneer Valley agricultural community and the never ending stream of customers who visit the Golonka Farm produce stand all season long. Most farms and ranches in the United States [...]

Behind the Barn

Posted with permission from Richard S. Gilbert, this lovely piece of writing sets the stage for what happened in 2008. The second Barn for Barack was a story we posted as a slide show in September, 2008. Thank you, Richard, for allowing us a glimpse into the family and the people behind the Second Barn [...]

Drought slows rural economy in 10 central states

The economy in rural areas of 10 Midwestern and Western states continued to look weak this month as the region begins a slow recovery from this summer’s oppressive drought, according to The Rural Mainstreet Index, an economic survey of rural bankers by Creighton University in Omaha. The economic index for this month is 48.3, up slightly [...]

Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday is Saturday; how about singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ to mark it?

The 15th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival opens tomorrow in the singer-songwriter’s hometown of Okemah, Okla., and it will be a special one, running through the 100th anniversary of his birth on Saturday, July 14. The Woody Guthrie Centennial website says, “His songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. [...]

Last night in LaVista, Nebraska

National Farmers Union (NFU) opened its 110th Anniversary Convention last night. More than 500 Farmers Union members from across the country met at the LaVista Conference Center in LaVista, Neb., for the four-day event. This year’s convention theme is New Horizons for Agriculture. “This is a critical year for agriculture as we work to complete [...]

The Lazy Way of Water — and a Word About Union Busting

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The thing to remember about water when the lowest level of your house is being flooded is that it’s as lazy as a three-toed sloth. Well, almost as lazy.  Sloths are known for hanging upside down and moving as little as possible. There’s a reason for this: their diet is made [...]

10-10-10: My Act of Worship

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Family stuff kept me today from going to 350.org‘s 10-10-10 event in Brattleboro, Vermont, which had the virtues of being the closest to my home and the most interesting (to me) around here. So instead I went out with my camera and made pictures of what I want to remember when/if  [...]

Moose – Update 7/11/10

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Used to be, if you wanted to see moose you drove 200-300 miles north from here into Northern Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. This year they’re here in Warwick ( Mass.). Yesterday, three miles from my house, I came upon this young fellow. If I’d been speeding I’d have hit him; [...]

Box Turtles and the Power of One: A Sweet Story

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Mary moved to our town a couple of years ago. A retired dog trainer, she brought ten dogs with her and rented a house from perhaps the only man in town with the courage to allow such a menage move into the house he’d grown up in — and next door [...]