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


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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


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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


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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


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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 […]

Internet helping boost rural entrepreneurship


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from The Rural Blog Entrepreneurship is up across the country, but with the help of non-profit organizations and the rise of broadband Internet access, rural areas may getting more than their usual share of business startups. “From 2008 to 2009, the number of self-employed Americans increased by 200,000 to 8.9 million, according to Challenger Gray […]

Selling Our Pony


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Soon after we got to Tiny Town in 1985 it became apparent that life would be easier if we had a tractor. My husband Ed, who grew up on a dairy farm about 20 miles east of here, as the crow flies, learned to drive a tractor before he learned to […]

‘Friday Night Lights’ lets viewers look ‘through the looking glass of rural America’


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By Al Cross “Between cartoonish reality shows and grotesque game shows, there isn’t much dramatic television giving big, clear windows into America,” David Masciotra writes for the Daily Yonder. “However, on the rare occasion that TV does get it right, it is often the stuff of pure emotive and intellectual brilliance.” Masciotra’s first example, his urban one, […]

Mark Your Calendar for Spring!


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by Daphne Bishop It may not be spring yet, but 1000 Radishes are about to sprout up, and with them potentially far-reaching ways to connect local growers with the people who crave their wares. You may recall, we told you about 1000 Radishes last summer. It’s a high-tech way to find what’s in season, connect […]

Nebraska journalist says rural news outlets must boost Web presence for “hyperlocal” impact


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By Al Cross Hyperlocal journalism has become a buzzword in the search to save newspapers, but Mark Coddington of The Grand Island Independent in Nebraska says rural news organizations have been practicing hyperlocal journalism for decades. Coddington explains that most people talk about hyperlocal in urban and suburban contexts, but “Most of this journalism is […]

Pennsylvania plan to help returning rural veterans


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By Al Cross A new report from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire reveals that veterans with service-related disabilities are more concentrated in the rural places and the South, the nation’s most rural region. “The concentration of disabled veterans in the South and rural America is largely because veterans represent a higher […]


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