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Tales of Survival

When I was a kid, it occurred to me that I didn’t like it when animals got hurt. But, being from a rural area where animals are regularly raised for meat, sometimes animal death is unavoidable. But just because it was unavoidable didn’t mean I wasn’t going to try to save as many innocent baby…

September 2014 Harvest of Hope in Neleigh, Nebraska

September, 2014, Harvest of Hope Concert in Neleigh, NE (photographer Shirley Butz) When Nebraskans want to party, we gather by the thousands in the sage green sand hills, set-up camp chairs in a cornfield and sing, dance, chat with people of like minds, and feel the freedom of a “don’t fence me in” place on…

High School Reunions, A Small Town Phenomena, or Is It the Pheromones?

High School Reunions, A Small Town Phenomena, or Is It the Pheromones?

High School Reunions in Rural Nebraska, Are they a small town phenomena or is it the pheromones? Question: When are people like salmon? Answer: During their migrations back to their class reunion! Alumna of small town high schools travel many miles often under difficult circumstances to get back to their place of youthful memories. Their…

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, when it comes to rural…

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 that the risk for anxiety disorders…

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 it is that makes a town…

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