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  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #5: More knowledgeable

    Small Biz Survival
    Becky McCray
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 5: More knowledgeable. We have the luxury of educating customers, knowing that if they…
  • We have miles to go in improving rural India: Arun Jaitley

    rural - Bing News
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the country has "miles to go" to improve investment flows into farm sector, rural infrastructure and housing in villages. "I don't want to say that nothing has been done but still we have miles to go.
  • Speed limit on rural roads to rise to 50mph

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Speed limit on rural roads is to rise to 50mph to prevent congestion and reduce the number of accidents, ministers announce
  • Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm. Photo by Scott Goldsmith / The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project A gas drilling rig in the middle of Hopewell Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Editor's note: This article first appeared in ProPublica on July 2, 2014.For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the state. And in a little corner of Washington County, some 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, EQT Corporation has been busy 2013…
  • New Art Grant Celebrates a Lively Rural Culture in America

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    Adele Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    By Adele Phillips on July 23, 2014 - 3:34amLast month we learned the Center for Rural Affairs received one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America this year. The grant supports creation of a public artwork in four neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. A visiting artist will be on hand to help guide the projects. And in the autumn of 2015, we’ll celebrate the completed works with a grand tour!This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Center for Rural Affairs. We’re delighted to share the exciting news with you. Deploying the arts can transform communities. Receiving such generous…
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  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #5: More knowledgeable

    Becky McCray
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 5: More knowledgeable. We have the luxury of educating customers, knowing that if they…
  • Brag Basket for July 18

    Becky McCray
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Photo by Naama ym on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 11-13, 2014. Orange you glad I didn’t make a pun in the headline this week? ;) What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a…
  • The Little Things Can Derail Your Marketing

    Glenn Muske
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Derailed train (CC) RJP, on FlickrWhen you think of marketing for your small business, have you thought about the little things that might undo your major efforts? It may seem a little crazy or even funny that small things might make a major advertising campaign ineffective. Yet think about how you react to what some might call the little things. An example of a little thing is how you dress when you are not at work. Remember, reputations are formed not just where you work but anytime you come into contact with your current or future customers. However, your reputation goes beyond your…
  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #4: More flexible

    Becky McCray
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 4: More flexible. Maybe this was a secret, but small town businesses have the luxury of presuming people are…
  • In the Brag Basket, success tastes sweet

    Becky McCray
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Photo by Damian Gadal on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 11-13, 2014. Grab a sweet berry and enjoy while sharing everyone’s good news. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a…
 
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  • We have miles to go in improving rural India: Arun Jaitley

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the country has "miles to go" to improve investment flows into farm sector, rural infrastructure and housing in villages. "I don't want to say that nothing has been done but still we have miles to go.
  • White House announces $10B fund for rural communities

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The White House, though its rural council (yes, there is one), will announce a new $10 billion dollar investment fund Thursday to promote economic development in rural regions. CoBank, a national cooperative bank serving rural America and a member of the ...
  • White House announces $10b fund for rural infrastructure

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and CoBank CEO Robert Engel are announcing $10 billion in private funding to invest in rural infrastructure projects across the country. The announcement is a part of a two-day "Rural Opportunity Investment ...
  • Global Climate Change in Rural Colombia Is About More Than Just the Climate

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirmed the gloomy future for rural areas and global food production under accelerating climate change. Yield declines, prices instability, agriculture and livestock losses, and ...
  • Even rural America can have good public transportation

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    When I travel to a rural area, I assume that renting a car will be a necessity. In fact, I assume it in much of the U.S. Except in a few older coastal or Upper Midwest inner cities, it’s hard to get around in America without driving. So imagine my ...
 
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  • Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front

    editor
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    A Pennsylvania gas company offers residents cash to buy protection from any claims of harm. Photo by Scott Goldsmith / The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project A gas drilling rig in the middle of Hopewell Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Editor's note: This article first appeared in ProPublica on July 2, 2014.For the last eight years, Pennsylvania has been riding the natural gas boom, with companies drilling and fracking thousands of wells across the state. And in a little corner of Washington County, some 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh, EQT Corporation has been busy 2013…
  • The Sound of Screaming

    editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    A writer and director in works on his latest film, a movie he describes as a “Scooby-Do episode with a really high body count.” Author Julianne Couch takes us behind the scenes and to the edge of "Firebox Lake". A poster for Bliss Ragsdale's forthcoming movie "Firebox Lake." In a world where people live in a moonlit village at the base of a towering mountain, eerie, spooky and downright dangerous things are bound to happen. And when grizzled gray beards can’t even walk through the woods without being hacked apart by a chopping maul, you know…
  • Woodstove Rules Draw Criticism, Praise

    editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    Tighter limits on wood-burning heating appliances are designed to improve air quality and human health. But industry representatives worry that the tighter restrictions will make the cost of new stoves prohibitively high. Photo by Ed Suominen The EPA is cracking down on woodburning stove emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new restrictions on emissions from wood-burning stoves have garnered praise and criticism from a variety of health, manufacturing and small business organizations.The proposed rules, which will reduce allowable emissions for many new woodstoves,…
  • Letter from Langdon: Reliably Unpredictable

    editor
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Farmers will have to grow as much food in the next 26 years as they’ve grown in the previous 1,500. And they will have to do it as climate change brings increasingly erratic weather. Maybe it’s time to start asking questions besides “What, me worry?” Photo via Risky Business Road washed away by extreme flood in Jamestown, Colorado. Back in his day, Dad always stressed the risky side of farming. As proof he’d pull from a desk drawer his personal handwritten record of Langdon yearly corn prices during the 1950’s. Next to those were annual yields. The message…
  • Roundup: The Coverage Gap

    editor
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Rural America's coverage gap • U.S. is No. 1 in beef exports to Australia • High-speed Internet in Kentucky? • Farmers snubbed in food conference • Coal miner fired for outing unsafe conditions • A successful doctor recruitment strategy • Cemeteries on shrinking hills • Net Neutrality comment deadline extended Photo by Lauren Rosenfeld for Al Jazeera America Kate Swift-Scanlan, a nurse practitioner in Raleigh, North Carolina, speaks at a rally for Medicaid expansion spearheaded by the Moral Monday movement. Rural hospitals are suffering from state…
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  • New Art Grant Celebrates a Lively Rural Culture in America

    Adele Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    By Adele Phillips on July 23, 2014 - 3:34amLast month we learned the Center for Rural Affairs received one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America this year. The grant supports creation of a public artwork in four neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. A visiting artist will be on hand to help guide the projects. And in the autumn of 2015, we’ll celebrate the completed works with a grand tour!This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Center for Rural Affairs. We’re delighted to share the exciting news with you. Deploying the arts can transform communities. Receiving such generous…
  • Down and Dirty on the Clean Water Act

    Steph Larsen
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    By Steph Larsen on July 21, 2014 - 5:17amAfter several hours in the hot summer sun baling hay, running a race, or watching your kids or grandkids in your local parade, nothing quite hits the spot like a cool, clean glass of water. Growing up in Wisconsin, I thought our water tasted the best of anywhere I’d ever been. I’m sure you might say the same about the water in a small town you know.This is why the Center welcomes clarifications to the Clean Water Act – they help keep our water clean.That great tasting clean water is vital for agriculture, tourism, and the small businesses that…
  • REAP Now Offers Online Courses for Your Small Business

    Monica Braun
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    By Monica Braun on July 18, 2014 - 9:45amWe’re pleased to announce a new program to make it easy for you to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where you are located. Our REAP Women's Business Center is partnering with ed2go to offer hundreds of courses.With ed2go's proven curriculum, you’ll gain valuable knowledge through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students. The courses can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. So you’ll have the flexibility to study at your own pace! New sessions of start…
  • Statistics Show Challenges Micro Businesses Face

    Juan Sandoval
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By Juan Sandoval on July 16, 2014 - 7:04pmLast May, the Center's REAP Hispanic Business Specialist Imelda Catalan joined me at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference in New Orleans. AEO is the nation’s leading voice for micro enterprise development, serving the needs of micro entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional sources of business education or capital. Several important items caught our attention. We learned that 8,000 micro businesses get declined by financial institutions daily in the United States.Business ownership is a major economic engine – the second…
  • Exit Planning 101: What Do You Do When It’s Time to Go?

    Guest Writer
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    By Guest Writer on July 10, 2014 - 1:12pmHow do small business owners successfully get out of their business when the time comes?There are nine possible ways to leave a business, and several alternative deal structures that can help the process be successful – even in difficult markets or industries. I won't go into each in detail.What’s important to understand is that owners have more options than listing with a business broker or planning a liquidation event. And with each combined exit method and deal structure, the value of the result that we term as cash-to-the-seller changes.The…
 
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    Blandin on Broadband

  • Gig Austin (in Minnesota) is gaining traction

    Ann Treacy
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    According to the Austin Daily Herald, Austin is getting serious about Gig broadband access. They recently released a vision for the community and the results of a broadband feasibility study… Vision 2020 released the results of a feasibility study Friday which showed Austin could support a fiber Internet service. According to the study, the high-speed broadband Internet service could be built for about $35 million and could be run by all kinds of organizations, from public utilities to a private co-op. Under the Gig Austin plan, all of the Austin Public Schools district could access…
  • Two-thirds of Americans can access 100 Mbps broadband

    Ann Treacy
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    According to a recent blog post from the NTIA (National Telecommunications & Information Administration)… Considering wireline and wireless technologies together, the slowest broadband speeds are nearly ubiquitously available, and access to very fast broadband (over 100 Mbps) has now reached two-thirds of Americans. The data, as of December 31, 2013, shows that 99 percent of Americans have access to wired and/or wireless broadband at advertised speeds of 6 Mbps downstream and 1.5 Mbps up, though this number drops to 89 percent when considering wireline broadband alone. The NTIA credit…
  • Lake County hosts Senior Health and Technology Conference

    Ann Treacy
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Fun to hear about the successful health-technology fair in Lake County. They got some nice local press on the event and it sounds like it was well attended. Thanks to the folks from Lake County for sharing it… Lake County hosts Senior Health and Technology Conference Jan O’Donnell, Vice Chair of the Community Partners Board of Directors, welcomed 70 participants to the 15th annual Community Partners conference focused on Senior Health and Technology on Tuesday May 13, 2014. “We know two things”, O’Donnell said, “First, technology is all around us whether we like it or not, and…
  • MN Broadband Development Fund Meeting in Montevideo

    Ann Treacy
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Today I attended two meetings in Montevideo. My primary reason for being there was to attend the first regional meeting to discuss the Broadband Fund. Danna MacKenzie and Diane Wells from the Office of Broadband Development spoke to 20-25 people about the upcoming opportunity for funding. The information shared was very similar to info from the webinar a couple weeks ago. I’ve included the PPT and questions below. The big take away – it’s not too early to get working on a proposal if you plan to apply. Timeline: Late Sept 2014 – announce program details and open…
  • Why are there no Google Educator Groups in Minnesota?

    Ann Treacy
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Google Educator Groups are special interest groups focused on education and sponsored/hosted by Google. I think Google has done a good job supporting educators. They have a wide range of technology and training available to teachers. The groups are a hybrid of online and real world entities. Google seems to offer their platforms and convening powers for Google Educator Groups (GEGs) but they don’t run the groups. So groups are welcome to use various Google tools – from Google+ to Google Hangouts to facilitate communication. Supporting educators doesn’t come without benefits. Getting…
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    The Rural Blog

  • Pa. oil and gas operations have damaged water supplies 209 times since 2008, records reveal

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    An open-records battle between news media and oil-and-gas operators in Pennsylvania has yielded the release of a report by the Department of Environmental Protection saying the operations have damaged water supplies 209 times since 2008, Laura Legere reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The report, which will be released later this month, gives "the date regulators concluded that activities related to oil or gas extraction were to blame for contaminating or diminishing the flow to a water source." (Post-Gazette graphic)  "After initially fighting news organizations’ requests for…
  • More than 1,100 miners told their black-lung claims may been wrongly denied; Senate panel has hearing

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    The U.S. Department of Labor had told more than 1,100 coal miners that their compensation for black-lung disease may have been wrongly denied, Chris Hamby reports for The Center for Public Integrity. Dr. Paul S. Wheeler, the head of the unit at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions who interprets X-rays in black-lung claims, failed to find a single case of severe black lung in more than 1,500 cases decided since 2000 in which he offered an opinion. In June officials were ordered to stop using Wheeler's opinions.A Senate subcommittee held a hearing Tuesday in response to an investigative…
  • Maine town wants to block export of tar-sands oil via reversal of pipeline now sending crude to Canada

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    The city council in South Portland, Maine, "gave final approval Monday night to controversial zoning changes that are expected to block the potential export of Canadian tar sands oil from the city’s waterfront," Kelley Bouchard reports for the Portland Press Herald. The zoning proposal prevents the bulk loading of crude oil, including tar sands, onto marine tank vessels and blocks construction or expansion of terminals and other facilities for that purpose, Bouchard writes. Opponents have 20 days to collect the necessary 950 signatures from registered voters to attempt to overturn the ban.
  • Owner starves, shuts rural groceries in Colorado

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Many rural areas are forced to travel long distances to reach a full-service grocery, but some northeastern Colorado residents faced a different problem — their local grocery stores remained open, but the shelves were bare. That was a harbinger; Bella's Markets in Akron and Wiggins closed Tuesday and the one in Walden will close Thursday, Jacyln Allen reports for KMGH-TV in Denver. (KGMH image: Empty shelves in Akron) Samuel Mancini, who owns eight Bella's Markets in Colorado, "cited legal and financial troubles as reasons for the 'temporary' closures," and told the Wellington store it…
  • Remote Iowa schools find creative ways to participate in Safe Routes to School program

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Safe Routes to School was created "by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school," says the organization. About 14,000 schools in the U.S. participate in the program, but one rural region in northeastern Iowa realized that the program offered no alternatives for rural students, many of whom live too far from school to walk or bike, or who would need to traverse dangerous ground to complete the journey, Tanya Snyder reports for Streetsblog. So…
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    Rural Intelligence

  • W. Cornwall’s Covered Bridge Parties With A Paint-In -- Road Trips Section -- Excursions

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    By Kimberly Jordan Allen Some people know it as the Kissing Bridge. Others recognize it from its cameo in the opening scene of the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. And for some Connecticut residents, it’s just the way they get to work each day. “Our family has been crossing this bridge for 150 years,” says Melissa Andrews of West Cornwall. She’s talking about the West Cornwall Covered Bridge, a New England landmark that celebrates a big birthday this year. On Sat., July 26, local artists will mark the bridge’s 150th year with “Paint the Bridge Day.” Artists, professional and…
  • Time To Think About…Spring? -- Style Section -- Garden

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    The following is a regular column that addresses basic issues facing the ever-inquisitive back- and front-yard toiler, proffered by someone who knows best; one of the fertile master gardeners from the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Brian Cruey. Photos courtesy of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. The past couple weeks of rainy, humid weather have been great for my garden. Know what else it has been great for? My weeds. I feel like I can’t keep up. I start weeding at one end of the flowerbed and by the time I reach the other side it’s like I have to start all over again. Same…
  • Alchemy Initiative Leaves No Stein Empty At Arrowhead -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Alchemy Initiative sure knows how to pick a party spot, as evidenced by the choice of venues for its annual Empty Stein fundraiser. Last year, the Inn at Richmond hosted, and this year Herman Melville’s Arrowhead had the honors on Monday, July 21. Alchemy board members greeted guests and led them to tables laden with colorful steins, each with a beer ticket inside. The difficult part wasn’t drinking libations provided by Big Elm, Wandering Star and three homebrewers, or eating a fine spread of appetizers and On A Roll eggrolls, but in having to decide…
  • Theater: A Bear And A Rembrandt Walk Into A Room… -- Arts Section -- Theater

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Michael Burnet directs two charming one-acts for the inaugural season of Pythagoras Theatre Works. Photo: Jeremy D. Goodwin. By Jeremy D. Goodwin Do we need more theater here in the Rural Intelligence region? When you have access to the sort of talent that the brand-new Pythagoras Theatre Works does, and you can benefit from the vision of its very-clever founders, we say: bring it on. This newly hatched troupe is in the midst of a six-week run, performing a charming pair of one-act adaptations — from Edith Wharton’s short story “The Rembrandt” and Anton Chekhov’s play “The…
  • Recipe: Currant Syrup To Drink Or Spoon -- Food Section -- Recipes

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This week’s recipe is from Berkshire-based duo The Butcher & The Baker. The Butcher is Jake, a nose-to-tail butcher/artist, who loves to cook and grew up in the woody hills of Western Massachusetts where his passion for local, fresh food was first instilled in him. The Baker is Silka, a designer/crafter who loves to bake and grew up in rural Western New York where her parents are candlestick makers. Together they spend most of their time talking about, shopping for, making, and eating food. By sourcing locally and sustainably, and spending time with the producers of their food,…
 
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  • Stars to shine at Walnut Grove

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
        Walnut Grove — The city of Walnut Grove will be the center of the universe this weekend when 11 celebrity cast members will appear for the cast reunion of Little House on the Prairie. The reunion will also coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Mu...
  • Wilder Pageant off to a good start

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    By Tom Merchant...
  • Community geared up for Wilder Pageant

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
        Walnut Grove — Friday night the Ingall's family will arrive in Walnut Grove 1874,  leaving their home in Pepin  Wisconsin the previous winter. ...
 
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  • The hogs make their way to my hod.

    coozledad
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I have been watching our most recently donated pet push his weight in grass ahead of him today, and it’s all thanks to my fucking “humanity”. I had a fond hope we were done with pigs, but this world offers only oddly familiar surprises, and if you have had pigs, it seems your ass must only suffer more. It is because god is committed to fuck with his spawn we must contend with hogs and their enablers. You pork eaters started this shit and I blame you. If you’re going to eat these fuckers you really need to be more ravenous. Hike up your britches and comb the woods.
  • Here’s your punk pioneer.

    coozledad
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    He’s almost there. Not cutting yet.
  • Po-er-tree slam

    coozledad
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    http://readinglifeobs.blogspot.com/2014/07/pat-mccrory-bypasses-nc-poet-laureate.html According to Pat McCrory, these are the pomes that clinched the lariat prize for the new cloudwatcher of North Carolina. Says McCrory, “Her pomes display a wealth of humanity that is only matched by her willingness to open her wallet. Sure, she talks about the scum in the cities and knocks ‘em down a peg or two, but in that respect, she’s giving a voice to my voiceless employers at Duke Energy, as well as the guys down at the Jiffy Lube.” When words are horses, turned to glue. FAME is…
  • Show us your tits, Swamp Tater

    coozledad
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Straight out of the bastard heart of too hot, too stupid Louisiana, comes the fart-echo of segregationist rhetoric we’ve come to expect from its meandering weedy son, Swamp Tater Yarborough. He’s taken to the pages of The Roxboro Ragpicker’s Griftsheet Courier Times again to recommence his war against the NAACP, or as it will be referred to in the history books, every third issue of the paper until he got his ass whupped in the general election. Supplementing his strategy of reaching back to the good old days of the Night Riders and “the canker suppuration of…
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    coozledad
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
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    Ayngel "Boshemia" Overson

  • If I Have to Keep my Dog on a Chain, I'm getting a New Dog

    Ayngel Boshemia
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few days have passed... I still miss my girl, but I'm already looking at getting another dog. I know I can't replace Kali, nor could I replace Kaners, but that hole is still here. I have to Roo, I always have the Roo but she's getting old, and has never been the brightest dog anyhow. Sure, she can talk... but she also attacks pit bulls and tries to eat chunks of rawhide whole. She's a 15 pound dog who thinks she weighs 500 and she has been very, very lucky.So, I feel better having the two dogs. For peace of mind, for safety, for the affections. Awww... who are we kidding, the other things…
  • Wandering Off Into the Quiet Places

    Ayngel Boshemia
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    A friend of mine on Facebook sent me a link about her own experiences with being a recluse... I don't suppose that it had occurred to me that there were other people out there like me. I suppose I knew that they existed, like Grannysage said, we've all known someone who lived apart from society but we tend to think of them as living alone in the woods, in ramshackle cabins. Not being mothers, wives, and certainly not people who write books and appear in movies.Yet... Here I am.My tendency to seek out the quiet places has always troubled me. As a kid while the other kids were playing…
  • She was such a good girl... R.I.P. Kali-Ma

    Ayngel Boshemia
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Kali-Ma wearing her travel bowl as a collar...It all started with the harness. I always kept her on a running chain with a harness, as much as I hate chaining a dog we live on a busy street where few obey stop signs or speed limits. When Kane got hit 2 1/2 years ago, it was horrible but he survived. With two busted back legs, he survived another 2 years.I couldn't stand it again, especially when Kane hasn't even been gone a year yet. I preferred chaining her to losing her and always insisted a harness was safer for her.But she chewed through her harness than morning.She was a good dog, but…
  • Still alive...

    Ayngel Boshemia
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I had to take a leave of absence from my job. Yes, the job I loved so much. I've just been too tired to work. Crying constantly. Part of it is my blood pressure dropping again, which means my adrenals are getting worn out again, which means I have to find a way to destress my life and fast. So...On the writing front... I think I already told you but I've deleted a bunch of my old blogs. I've deleted my Facebook again. I still have my private one, but the public is quiet for now. I'm getting rid of all of that stuff that I just can't keep up with. I almost deleted my Twitter, but my…
  • Once Upon a Time, I Believed in Fairy Tales

    Ayngel Boshemia
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    We've been split up nearly half a year now. We've been living apart for longer than that. I didn't want to push for a divorce, but I can't seem to move on either. I need to heal. It hurts too much. I have never ever wanted to hurt him, ever. It hurts me to think that it is even possible. There are no thoughts of revenge, no desires to get even, no need for head games. I only want to find peace. I sincerely want the same for him. I didn't know how to say good-bye without causing him pain, and for that I am sorry. Surely the only option in life is not suppressing and…
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    A Citizen's Guide to Indiana

  • James Pethokoukis on Conservative Fears of Inflation

    Doug Masson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    James Pethokoukis, writing for “The Week,” has a column taking note of the fear of inflation among certain conservative lawmakers and thinkers which is seemingly resistant to data. As Ron Paul, the libertarian former GOP congressman and presidential candidate, said back in 2009: “More inflation is absolutely the wrong way to go. We’re taking a recession and trying to turn it into a depression. We’re going to see a real calamity.” Many GOP politicians have since echoed Paul’s prediction. But the Next Great Inflation never happened. The Consumer Price…
  • Conversion from Crop Production to CAFO is not a “Significant Change”

    Doug Masson
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    One good thing about blogging so long and doing thousands of posts is that, occasionally, you get something right. Back in March of 2005, I posted on Sen. Jackman’s legislation having to do with agricultural nuisance actions. At the time, I wrote: This amends a section of the code apparently designed to protect agricultural areas from nuisance suits when suburbia moves into the agricultural area. Under current law, an agricultural or industrial operation is not a nuisance if: 1) it has been in continuous operation for at least a year; 2) there is no significant change in the hours of…
  • Rise Above the Mark: Kokomo – July 17

    Doug Masson
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Back in December, I posted about attending the premiere of “Rise Above the Mark,” a documentary aimed at starting a discussion about the merits of privatization/voucher/charter movement on public schools: It is an effort spearheaded by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation — an organization associated with West Lafayette School Corporation but funded separately. WLCS superintendent, Rocky Killion has been instrumental in its development. The documentary, I think, has two primary goals: start a discussion that is focused on finding the best way to develop the children…
  • Seventh Circuit Orders Indiana to Recognize Marriages Solemnized by Secular Humanist Celebrants

    Doug Masson
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Back in December 2012, I posted on a District Court decision that denied a constitutional challenge to Indiana’s marriage solemnization law (IC 31-11-6-1) brought by the Center for Inquiry seeking to require Indiana to recognize marriages solemnized by humanist secular celebrants. IC 31-11-6-1 provides that marriages may be solemnized by members of the clergy of a religious organization, judges, mayors, county and city clerks and clerk treasurers, the Friends Church, the German Baptists, the Bahai faith, the Mormons, and imams. At the time of the District Court decision, I wrote: I…
  • Abortions are down, but what about the unapproved sex?

    Doug Masson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Mark Small at Civil Discourse Now has a post that discusses Colorado and its falling rates of teen pregnancy and abortion. The numbers and rates of unplanned teen pregnancies and teen abortions have dropped over the past several years. Colorado’s numbers and rates have fallen at a quicker pace than other States. In 2008, Colorado was ranked as having the 29th lowest teen birth rate. By 2012, Colorado was 19th. Part of Colorado’s success has been provision of free birth control, without necessity of parental consent, to teenagers. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative “has provided…
 
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  • July 13, 2014 – Getaway Day 3

    highhopesgardens
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Last day of mini-vacation before dropping Martin off for a week at Wolf Ridge camp in Finland (Minnesota). How much fun is it to jump across stones on a tumbling North Shore stream? Group shot on Shovel Point. A rare shot where father is the sharpest dressed in the group! Kid shot on Palisade Head. One more.
  • July 12, 2014 – Getaway Day 2

    highhopesgardens
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    We absolutely lucked out and got a great campsite at Split Rock State Park.  We happened to walk in just after a cancellation came in for one of the sites that you use a cart to haul all your stuff in, far away from other sites. The dining room was ok. But the view from the living room was spectacular, overlooking the lake and the lighthouse. We headed down the hill to explore the lakeshore. I’ve got the whole lighthouse in my hand… This is a rather unfortunate composition of me against the lighthouse – Minnesota’s most photographed place, perhaps has never quite had…
  • July 11, 2014 – Dad and Kid Getaway Day 1

    highhopesgardens
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Heading North for a rare weekend with all three kids.  Might be the last time in a long time they are all together, except for a day before Claire leaves for Iceland.   Since we had some extra time, we stopped at one of those places we always drive by on the way up north, Moose Lake State Park Agate and and Geologic Center.  After ogling the agates in the display, it was time for some impromptu swimming. Martin decided it was time to try the experimental sand hair exfoliate. Next it was off to Jay Cooke State Park, just south of Duluth – another one of those drive-by parks that…
  • July 6, 2014 – Mother Nature’s Fireworks and Funnels, Oh My!

    highhopesgardens
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Once again, dramatic skies in the neighborhood. Looking to the tornado-spawning clouds to the south before sunset. Same place as the sun set. This is the same tornado-spawning cloud as in the earlier picture. Clouds and the barn. Clouds and the hog barn.  This cloud made tornadoes by Tama. A view of the tornado near rock creek park in Jasper county. No wind here, and only a sprinkle of rain.
  • June 20, 2014 – Seems Like a Rerun

    highhopesgardens
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Every few days it seems a storm rolls through. This is looking east in the late afternoon, with some funky rays streaming up (or down?). The back pasture is lush (and mostly thistle-free). More passing clouds over the barn. This is the first year we’ve had deer problems – here’s one of them we scared out of the back pasture on on her way away somewhere else. A look across the fields to the west after the storm. Martin *was* building a tree fort in this grouping of basswoods when one of the three limbs of the just-started fort came down.
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  • New Art Grant Celebrates a Lively Rural Culture in America

    Adele Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    By Adele Phillips on July 23, 2014 - 3:34amLast month we learned the Center for Rural Affairs received one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America this year. The grant supports creation of a public artwork in four neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. A visiting artist will be on hand to help guide the projects. And in the autumn of 2015, we’ll celebrate the completed works with a grand tour!This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Center for Rural Affairs. We’re delighted to share the exciting news with you. Deploying the arts can transform communities. Receiving such generous…
  • Down and Dirty on the Clean Water Act

    Steph Larsen
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    By Steph Larsen on July 21, 2014 - 5:17amAfter several hours in the hot summer sun baling hay, running a race, or watching your kids or grandkids in your local parade, nothing quite hits the spot like a cool, clean glass of water. Growing up in Wisconsin, I thought our water tasted the best of anywhere I’d ever been. I’m sure you might say the same about the water in a small town you know.This is why the Center welcomes clarifications to the Clean Water Act – they help keep our water clean.That great tasting clean water is vital for agriculture, tourism, and the small businesses that…
  • REAP Now Offers Online Courses for Your Small Business

    Monica Braun
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    By Monica Braun on July 18, 2014 - 9:45amWe’re pleased to announce a new program to make it easy for you to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where you are located. Our REAP Women's Business Center is partnering with ed2go to offer hundreds of courses.With ed2go's proven curriculum, you’ll gain valuable knowledge through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students. The courses can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. So you’ll have the flexibility to study at your own pace! New sessions of start…
  • Statistics Show Challenges Micro Businesses Face

    Juan Sandoval
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    By Juan Sandoval on July 16, 2014 - 7:04pmLast May, the Center's REAP Hispanic Business Specialist Imelda Catalan joined me at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference in New Orleans. AEO is the nation’s leading voice for micro enterprise development, serving the needs of micro entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional sources of business education or capital. Several important items caught our attention. We learned that 8,000 micro businesses get declined by financial institutions daily in the United States.Business ownership is a major economic engine – the second…
  • Exit Planning 101: What Do You Do When It’s Time to Go?

    Guest Writer
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    By Guest Writer on July 10, 2014 - 1:12pmHow do small business owners successfully get out of their business when the time comes?There are nine possible ways to leave a business, and several alternative deal structures that can help the process be successful – even in difficult markets or industries. I won't go into each in detail.What’s important to understand is that owners have more options than listing with a business broker or planning a liquidation event. And with each combined exit method and deal structure, the value of the result that we term as cash-to-the-seller changes.The…
 
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  • The Truth Behind Who Decides What Is On TV

    GreatPlainsComm
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    One of the benefits of this blog is that it allows our team at Great Plains Communications to give our customers a sneak behind the curtain of their favorite services.  It’s a way for us to answer questions more fully and to reach out to all of our customers. Recently, we’ve received many questions about programming decisions from various Cable networks.  Programming refers to the shows that air on a particular channel.  For example, The Bachelor, is part of ABC’s programming.  When a favorite new program gets canceled or a network changes its entire lineup, our customers often look…
  • Check out the DIY Network!

    GreatPlainsComm
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have you checked out DIY Network?  It’s from the makers of HGTV and Food Network,  and it’s the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks and currently in more than 56 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. In addition to Cable offerings, the network also have a fantastic website…
  • Three Reasons to Use a Home Wi-Fi Connection Instead of Mobile Broadband

    GreatPlainsComm
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Many cellular companies are now in the home Internet business, but are these services really as good as a fiber-based wireless network?  The short answer is: not really.  Here are three reasons why you should choose a wireless network powered by fiber-based network over Mobile Broadband. First off, a few definitions.  A wireless (or Wi-Fi) network using a fiber or wire-based system is what our customers enjoy.  This type of Internet uses a wireless router in your own home to turn a wired system into a Wi-Fi network.  Mobile Broadband uses a cellular connection to provide an Internet…
  • Throwback Thursdays with Great Plains Communications!

    GreatPlainsComm
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Robert and EC Hunt nearly 100 years ago! We’re joining the Throwback Thursday movement (finally!) At least once a month, we’ll be sharing photos from our past 104 years serving you!  This week, we’re digging way back to our founders, the Hunts. Take a look and let us know what old schools pics you would love to see! Robert and EC Hunt nearly 100 years ago! The post Throwback Thursdays with Great Plains Communications! appeared first on Great Plains Communications Blog.
  • We Have a New Auto-Pay Contest Winner!

    GreatPlainsComm
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    We have a brand new Auto-Pay winner!  Congratulations to Jeanne Mohr of Chadron, NE for being our June winner.  She won a $100 Visa Gift Card as part of our monthly drawing. Entering for your chance to win up to $200 in Visa Gift Cards is easy!  You just have to enroll in Auto-Pay and Paperless Billing from Great Plains Communications. If you are already signed up for either of these services, then you are already entered!  When you sign-up for one option, then you are eligible to win $100. When you sign-up for both, you can win $200 in Visa Gift Cards if you are selected. There are many…
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  • 4 Items NOT to Refrigerate

    Melissa
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    It is so tempting to put all of our produce in the refrigerator. Isn’t the whole purpose of a refrigerator to preserve things and increase the shelf life of food? This is the case for many things but the four items listed below shouldn’t be stored in the fridge. 1. Tomatoes – Putting tomatoes in the fridge causes loss of flavor and texture. Keep them on the counter instead and eat them as soon as you can after picking. 2. Garlic – Refrigerating garlic causes the bulb to deteriorate and become moldy. Store in a garlic keeper or a mesh bag at room temperature and keep…
  • Freezing Corn

    Melissa
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Anyone else feel like being a homesteader during the summer is a race against the clock? Every day it seems we are trying to preserve each and every thing we can to last the rest of the year. This is on top of our already busy daily schedules. That is why I LOVE freezing corn. It is an easy way to preserve the freshness of summer corn all year long. Whether you grew your own corn or picked up a bushel at the farmers’ market – let’s get those ears in the freezer. First, you need to husk and trim each side of the ears, remove the silks and give the cobs a good wash . Get the…
  • Green Bean Bumper Crop

    Melissa
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Every single day when I head out to my little garden, I can’t help but feel like the old farmer settled on hundreds of acres in the middle of nowhere that would brag to his fellow farmers about his “bumper crop” of corn or squash or whatever it was he had growing that for whatever reason took off and supplied him with an overabundance of his prized plantings. When I looked up the term bumper, I was tickled to find that it originates from the 17th century and was used to describe a large glass of beer or wine that was filled to the brim. I can proudly say that I’m currently…
  • Buckeye Chickens – Heritage Jewels

    Melissa
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:17 am
    The Buckeye is the only American chicken breed developed solely by a woman, Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio.  In 1896, Mrs. Metcalf set out to produce a dual purpose breed that would thrive in Ohio’s bitterly cold winters, and she was very successful.   She bred Barred Rocks, Buff Cochins, and black-breasted Red Games to produce the first birds, and named them Buckeyes after their home state.   Besides their beautiful mahogany-red color (which Mrs. Metcalf described as a “garnet”) and friendly natures, Buckeyes are known for withstanding freezing weather conditions without…
  • April/May Issue 2014

    Melissa
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Click here to download a PDF of the April/May issue. The post April/May Issue 2014 appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
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