Rising Together: Every Known Nook of our Nation

Sigh... What a wild and emotionally exhausting ride we have been on over the last few weeks. In addition to battling a deadly pandemic, we are struggling to process two recent events--major events--that took place in our country: an insurrection and an inauguration. I don't need to summarize these events for you nor do I [...]

A House Divided: 10 Ways Trumpism is Harming Rural America

In a whirlwind of chaos, violence, and absurdity, the administration of President Donald Trump is coming to an end. As easy as it is for parachute journalists to assume rural America is a monolith, the reality is that rural America, like the rest of the country, is divided in its perception of President Trump. To [...]

Hillbilly Elegy and the Danger of a Single Story

That best-selling Appalachian memoir Hillbilly Elegy is popping up again, now in Netflix form. I watched it. I enjoyed it. I have some issues with it. But mostly, it's giving me flashbacks... What’s the Story? I woke up on November 9, 2016, and gazed out the window at what looked like another cool and crisp [...]