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IN THIS EDITION OF GOING RURAL—When the Light Gets in

IN THIS EDITION OF GOING RURAL—When the Light Gets in

The dog days of summer are here. As Oregon warms up, I’m finally pulling myself out of Oregon and heading north to Montana where it should be a bit cooler. It’s hard to go, but I’m truly GOING RURAL in every way. Sometimes I wonder how I ever spent so many years in big cities. I can’t imagine ever doing that again.  As I leave southern Oregon, I am looking forward to returning in late September to be part of…

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IT’S SO HARD SAYING GOODBYE TO TIMBER COUNTRY

IT’S SO HARD SAYING GOODBYE TO TIMBER COUNTRY

I never thought I’d find it so excruciatingly difficult to leave Oregon, especially southern Oregon’s timber communities. As I drag my feet in my final days before heading north, I want to take time to consider what I learned in these rural towns that dot our state. What do I most hope to impart to others? What inspired me? What made me wince? What made me smile?  Here are my mosts. There are many more—but these are what came to…

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HOLY SMOKES? WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE?

HOLY SMOKES? WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON HERE?

The world is on fire as we watch the news. Over the last two weeks I’ve been in and out of Canyonville’s milepost 97 fire. Like so many issues facing rural communities, fire encapsulates so much of what occurs in these regions of the world. City people seldom get to be a part of that. There’s the official, stated cause, for how the fire started. And then there’s the chatter, the finger pointing and the speculation. My own journey into…

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GOOD NEWS FROM TRIBAL COUNTRY!

GOOD NEWS FROM TRIBAL COUNTRY!

Meet The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians I heard about The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians debate when I was interviewing decedents of pioneers who’d received free land in the 1850’s as part of Oregon’s Donation Land Act. During my interviews, I’d often hear, “They aren’t a real tribe.” “Really?” I’d ask. “What are they, then?” The response would be the same. “They just aren’t a real tribe.” I needed to know more so…

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WHAT’S GOING ON WITH GOING RURAL?

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH GOING RURAL?

Two months have sped by. This set of blogs included Tips To Help You Go Rural—Successfully, Finding the Zen Of Rural Life,  discovering How Easy Inclusion Can Be, and An Homage To Strong Women in Rural America.  Hey! By the way, radio stations are interviewing me! Stay tuned.     

FIVE QUICK TRIPS TO GO RURAL ON YOUR OWN

FIVE QUICK TRIPS TO GO RURAL ON YOUR OWN

If you are like so many city people who ask, “How do you do it? How do you get people to talk to you in rural communities,” I finally have a bit of a primer for you.   I’ve got to be honest. This has been a challenge to answer. Getting people to talk to me as been so easy. It’s so easy, in fact, it’s hard to figure out how I do it.  Over the last few weeks, a number…

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TALLIES & TOLLS: How to make life work on a rural budget

TALLIES & TOLLS: How to make life work on a rural budget

It’s time again, for a TALLIES & TOLLS. Have you ever had one of those giggly delight moments when you had dream you don’t even know you had, and before you can name it the dream becomes real? This blog is my celebration of one of those moments! I’m still delighted and it’s been over a week! Before I share, I will say this. Living on the extremely tight budge of the average rural budget woman makes these moments ever…

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COMMUNITY INCLUSION AT ITS BEST. Go Talent Maker City!

COMMUNITY INCLUSION AT ITS BEST. Go Talent Maker City!

Do you ever wonder just how to achieve community inclusion? It’s so, so simple. Wait until to read how simple it is! In small town after small town, I keep asking myself where is the inclusion?  Last week, I met with one of my favorite organizations, Talent Maker City, a new makers space in southern Oregon. On this afternoon I visited a group of students who had just finished making their skateboards and were test riding them at the skatepark….

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ZEN OF RURAL LIFE

ZEN OF RURAL LIFE

Holy shit! If you really want to learn how to live rural you will have to live zen! Rural life requires the ultimate meditative calmness and acceptance in the face of daily onslaught of life obstacles. No kidding!  Zen: meditative calmness and an attitude of acceptance I said in an earlier post that I believe that the next great American leader will come from a rural region. It’s so true! There’s nothing quite like the calmness and acceptance required, on…

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DEAR MANDYS OF THE WORLD

DEAR MANDYS OF THE WORLD

Over the last two years, I’ve met so many women who are dedicating their lives to bringing their towns back to life. I am so touched by these women of deep hearts and fierce minds. Until this journey into rural communities, I never imagined what it would be like to stay, when friends leave for better opportunities and easier lives.   There are so many women I want to write this letter to, so why am I writing it to Mandy?…

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