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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.     

GO RURAL ON YOUR OWN. 5 quick tips to help you go with ease.

GO RURAL ON YOUR OWN. 5 quick tips to help you go with ease.

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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INCLUSION. Can it really be this simple?

INCLUSION. Can it really be this simple?

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’s 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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POWER AND THE PURSE: Following the thread

POWER AND THE PURSE: Following the thread

This last week I found myself, like I often do when in town long enough, feeling exhausted by the confounding contradictions and antiquated thinking of an old-white-dude world. I was tired. I desperately needed wifi. The library was closed. My hotspot wasn’t hot. I needed to get my blogs to my editor. Ah, rural life. I’d gone to three restaurants in search of a connection. Nothing. I almost didn’t believe the waitress when she answered my beleaguered request with a…

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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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