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Joplin Tornado Memorial & Aftermath

Courtesy:  Jeremy Haun How I wish that President Obama were visiting the little corner of the world where I grew up because someone there had finally found a cure for cancer, or won the Nobel peace prize, or earned a sports championship.  I wish I could celebrate from afar, instead of grieving.  Instead, this city that rarely […]

Continue Reading By on May 29, 2011 in climate change, Midwest

Joplin Tornado Too Close to Home

I grew up in a tiny Ozarks town near the larger city of Joplin, Missouri.  This deadly Joplin tornado hits too close to home. Photo by Eric Haun: devastation in Joplin, MO neighborhood The tornado damage that happened there a few hours ago is apparently so devastating that as I write this, there’s no clear […]

Continue Reading By on May 23, 2011 in climate change, Midwest

Meet Midwestern Family Farmers with Fresh Foodie Perspectives

On a late November day in rural Oklahoma, I arrived at the Downing Family Farm just as the husband and wife team of Wes and Kathy Downing were finished haying their cows. The afternoon sun was warming large pastures with nearly dormant Bermuda grass. While many of the black Angus were spread throughout the acreage, […]

Continue Reading By on November 29, 2010 in agriculture, eating better, farm, green, Midwest, organic, sustainable