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Month: June 2019

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE VORA!

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE VORA!

In the least expected places, you’ll find them …. I’m yet again in another local chapter of VORA—The Visionary Optimists of Rural Actualizers! Okay, there isn’t an official club . . . yet . . . but there needs to be. For real. In every rural town I’ve been to I’ve been struck by how many of these people I meet. Here, in Roseburg, I’m relishing my time being caught in the Roseburg VORA vortex.  Wherever I go, there’s nothing…

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THE LIBRARIES THAT REFUSED TO DIE

THE LIBRARIES THAT REFUSED TO DIE

A library coming back to life deserves celebration!  Today I went to the launch party for the summer reading program at Roseburg Library. It was packed! There were balloons, games, puzzles, card games, and even individual servings of ice-cream made the library way. Kids (with adults) got zip-locked bags of cream tucked within zip-lock bags of ice. They shook the bags until the heavy cream turned to ice cream. Very cool!    As I walked around the room, I almost…

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TALLIES & TOLLS: The costs of rural health care

TALLIES & TOLLS: The costs of rural health care

It’s budget tally time. Each month I do a TALLIES AND TOLLS. I review all my expenses to see how close I get in my attempt to live on the income of an average rural individual. To read the first post about why I’m doing this click here. My tally this week: I’m still in the red but getting closer to being afloat again.  For people just starting to follow me, this is an experiment. By living on a rural…

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LIFE ANGELS: Rural Musings on care and connection

LIFE ANGELS: Rural Musings on care and connection

People often ask,  “What is it like to travel alone as a woman?” I’m never sure exactly how to answer this. I don’t know what it would be like to travel as any other person.  What fascinates me though, and what I’m ever grateful for, is that after 45,000 miles I continue to be awed by the way people take care of me in ways I’ve rarely experienced before in my life. Yes, without a doubt, age and color influence…

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