"... now, my sight and my world and my life have all returned." Vision: Healing the Blind in Ethiopia
[vimeo, 10m] [more inside]
On July 18, the only Morgentaler Clinic
in New Brunswick closed
. Its closure has an interesting backstory and has sparked a fight. [more inside]
The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
So, you want to eat like a hobbit do you? The big old dragon of Middle-Earth recipes is the charmingly retro 'Middle-Earth Recipes
' (now with a more modern and photo-friendly blog version
) from which NPR's Beth Accomando has complied an all-day feasting menu suitable for marathon watching
(or reading) assorted Lord Of The Rings media while Recipewise sticks to foods served by Bilbo in The Hobbit itself
and explains the Victorian convention of high vs. low tea. (Author Diane Duane's own Hobbit-inspired recipe, Took Family Seed Cake
can be made with poppy rather than caraway seed if that's your thing) Need something to do while digesting? Why not read about the history and meaning of the rural comfort food in Tolkien at Strange Horizons " Well Stocked Larders: Food And Diet Of Hobbits
" by Stephanie Green.
For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why
Detroit, New Orleans, Oakland... some of the safer places in America to live!
Sure, big cities might have more murders per capita... but residents in large cities are *MUCH* safer when it comes to injury deaths than those living in more rural parts of America, according to a new study
in The Annals of Emergency Medicine.
"Cars, guns and drugs are the unholy trinity causing the majority of injury deaths
. . . Although the risk of homicide is higher in big cities, the risk of unintentional injury death is 40 percent higher in the most rural areas than in the most urban. And overall, the rate of unintentional injury dwarfs the risk of homicide, with the rate of unintentional injury more than 15 times that of homicide among the entire population."
They wash dishes in restaurants, clean toilets and look after elderly incontinent people in the West. That makes the majority of the 30 million who have emigrated from Africa. Some are much luckier, they work in subaltern management positions in corporate America or in public institution in Europe. Few are real stars, successful with high pay and social status. Regardless of their current fate, they all share one thing in common: most of them want to return to Africa.
The recent medias’ drumbeat about “Africa is Rising” is making them restless and hopeful because most of them have quite a petty life in the West. They are constantly harassed by the state police, crushed by daily racism from their neighbors and strangers, economically and politically isolated, and with very little hope for a near-future improvement.
Unfortunately their dream to return home is painfully held back by deep fears and unanswered questions. Here are the top 10 fears of the African diaspora about Africa, and also the top 10 questions most of them are confronted with.
The county where no one's gay.
The 2010 Census of Franklin County Mississippi shows no same sex couples. (pdf)
. CNN videographer Brandon Ancil and human rights columnist John D. Sutter tried to determine if the census was wrong, and see if they could find gay men and women willing to speak about "what keeps them hidden." Video
A Contagion Of Violence
In exploring the occurrence of violence, researchers have recognized the tendency for violent acts to cluster, to spread from place to place, and to mutate from one type to another – similar to the infectious disease model, in which an agent or vector initiates a specific biological pathway leading to symptoms of disease and infectivity.
Is It Time To Treat Violence Like A Contagious Disease? [more inside]
Lisa Hamilton's Real Rural
project uses photographs and interviews to document the lives of people living on California's farms and in its small towns. [more inside]
Davesecretary of TIME FOR SOME STORIES
) decided to spend a year in a smallish Chinese city to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. He slowly realizes that he's not having a very good time.
19-year-old Kelly Hofer grew up in a Hutterite
colony in Manitoba, and his photography
captures his life as a Hutterite
. Recently, Kelly left
to start a new life in Calgary.
In February each year, Ludhiana becomes the destination fro hundreds of sports enthusiasts, including foreigners. They come to Kila Raipur to see the special breed of bullocks, camels, dogs, mules and other animals competing in highly professional events. It is to be seen to be believed. In 1946, Mr. Bakhsish Singh was instrumental in getting the most popular event of the Games – the Bullock Cart Race – introduced.
This is the annual Kila Raipur Sports Festival
, commonly called The Rural Olympics
. This years games are over
, but photos
of various events
are being posted online
. For one last taste, here's a 10 minute video from the 2007 events
Located 100 miles south of Grand Junction, Colorado, at the end of Highway 97 is a small community of Nucla
. There is one remaining pharmacy, the Apothecary Shoppe
, where you can find Don Colcord, the town druggist, the closest this town has to a doctor
. He's also the bowling league president (and he certifies the lanes annually), announcer for Nucla High football games, and he has his pyrotechnics-display license for the local fireworks on the Fourth of July. [more inside]
The George Ewart Evans collection of oral interviews on rural English life. 250 recordings of interviews and songs made by oral history pioneer George Ewart Evans between 1956 and 1977, many in Suffolk, with a smaller number in Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Reginal Hoskins
the thresher, Annie Cable
the kitchen maid, Baron Rhodes of Saddleworth
. They're all pretty fascinating.
"Its the story of our own village" ~ A journey in Indian street theatre
(PDF of article) share's author Joel Lee's experiences wandering around India with three street theatre troupes. Also called the "theater of social change
" this grassroots artform has become a powerful means of communication
across the barriers of language, literacy and culture in both rural and urban India. [more inside]
, Emptied in Emmons County
and Memories in McIntosh County
. Three flickr photo sets of (mostly) abandoned, crumbling farms, businesses and homes in rural North Dakota. [previously
"The Emptied Prairie
," a National Geographic article on North Dakota's ghost towns and the decline of the Great Plains. Typically amazing National Geographic photos here
. Reminds me of a similar series
that ran in the New York Times several years ago, which included this fascinating article
by Timothy Egan.
Would you drive a pick-up truck with "Man Love Rules OK" across Alabama? (YouTube video)
The presenters behind UK motoring/male-entertainment show Top Gear did. See what happens when they pulled into a "gas" station. More information here
Do you think the footage was manipulated?
Red America is shading purplish blue.
A new poll shows rural voters in 41 highly competitive districts have swerved Democratic since September. Now 52/39 for the Dems.
Every now and again, a story or scandal falls off the newswire that reminds you good guys and bad guys don't happen in real life. The fantastic original expose
and ongoing coverage
of the Dick Dasen case in Montana is one of them. The testimony of dozens or hundreds of women Dick Dasen, a wealthy Christian pillar-of-the-community businessman type, has paid for sex (or sometimes nothing at all) over several years are bringing the Flathead Valley meth scene to light, and thanks to what I personally think is some excellent local reporting by the New West
, you can read along as it happens.
In China's newly wealthy cities,
a research boom is starting. In parts of the countryside
, the rivers are black and too toxic to touch.
Welcome to Rawson, N.D.
, Population. 6
. Are towns like these worth saving? Should these "areas" be allowed to go back to their natural equilibrium between man and nature? Is there a "natural" equilibrium? What does this mean for the future of small towns v. urban sprawl? Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times
and Drs. Frank and Deborah Popper of Rutgers have
The demise of the honey bucket.
Many of us take running water and sewage services for granted.
The Alaska Dept of Environmental Conservation
is slowly converting
rural Eskimo villages from a "fill and haul a bucket"
sewage/water system to modern services. A fascinating look into the logistics required to bring these services into remote Artic villages.
Tired of the intrusiveness of the Federal Government?
Hate the United Nations? Grant County welcomes you! About the size of Connecticut with a population of 7,500, this rural Oregon County recently passed ballot measures banning the UN and allowing people to cut trees on federal land, with or without the U.S. Forest Service approval. Government agencies are engaged in something called "Rural Cleansing"
according to WSJ reporter Kimberley A. Strassel, and the people are having some success standing up to the government. Are these people kooks? Is Civil disobedience wrong? Are you in, out, or straddling the fence? Ready to move?