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A Midwest Palate

A Midwest Palate

There is nothing better than stumbling upon a really great book. Often times the initial appeal can be unexplained.  Is it the well executed cover design that draws your eye into a promising read?  Is it a title, a familiar author, an innate sense that you will fall in love…

Dear Mr. Buffett

Howard G. Buffett, son of Warren, farmer, photographer, and author of Forty Chances, Finding Hope in a Hungry World takes the reader by the hand and explores the deep rift between regions of the world where farmers grow an abundance of food and agriculture thrives and regions where malnutrition and…

The Business of Blogging

The poet, William Wordsworth, once offered this advice for successful writing: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” Today, there is no easier way to reveal the breathings of your heart than with the cultural tidal wave of blogging. Easy and instantaneous, blogs provide a worldwide audience for…

You Are What You Collect

You Are What You Collect

I don’t know where the urge to collect things comes from. I myself am one of the most normal people I know, yet even I have a collection of several dozen antique yardsticks. I am especially drawn to the yardsticks with old phone numbers with named exchanges like MAin…

Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

It was a cool morning at the Orleans Hotel as I sat on the veranda and scribbled out a post card…”Hello!  Having a wonderful time!  Wish you were here.” Once I wrote those few words that described my stay at this historic spot, I took in…

Our Old Out House

[/caption] I notice that small towns and rural places generate more storytellers and more stories than fast-paced cities. Storytellers flourish in the company of one or more listeners, and we who live rural often take time in our work and activities to listen to each other’s stories. It…

Rural Internet service is as basic as water and electricity

Rural Internet service is as basic as water and electricity

I am blessed to live in a rural community that has fairly stable and moderately fast broadband Internet service. It allows me to work with clients wherever they happen to be, have access to the latest news, information and research, and participate in the full panoply of global commerce. However…

Does living in the city make you crazy?

Does living in the city make you crazy?

Citing a study by Dr. Jens Pruessner of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Quebec, London’s Daily Mail reports that those who are born and raised in urban areas are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression and schizophrenia than those brought up in the countryside. Findings include…

What makes a town a town?

What makes a town a town?

I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a town a town. I’m willing to accept the romantic notion that a town is the connection of the souls who live there and call it home — no matter how few they may be — but I’m thinking more about what…

Welcome to the NRL Blog

Hello, to Nebraska Rural Living’s 38-40,000 readers from 50 states in America and 12 countries. We are publishing a BLOG to tell you more about life and lifestyle in rural Nebraska and our small town. Three creative writers will tell you and show you their unique rural…

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