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Oklahoma Blogger Shares Health & Safety Concerns about Fracking

Guest post by Lisa Sharp of Retro Housewife Goes Green Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of injecting high-pressured fluid to create cracks in deep-rock formations through which natural gas and petroleum will flow more freely. Fracking is fairly common in my state of Oklahoma. The oil and gas industry accounts for a third […]

Continue Reading By on May 18, 2015 in air, fracking, rural, safer chemicals, safety

Down the Dirt Road, Past the Bend in the Creek

Down the dirt road, past the bend in the creek, where the sliver of pasture widens into a hundred acres of bottomland, will always be the way I remember home. Dust flying, fast pickup driving, shotgun hauling folks in rural places like this have fueled their version of the  American dream with ingenuity and grit. […]

Continue Reading By on June 30, 2014 in agriculture, home

Rural Appalachian Health Clinic Gets Federal Finance Boost

An innovative health clinic in West Virginia’s coal country has received a major financial boost from the Affordable Care Act.  The Williamson Health and Wellness Center will be able to expand services with its more than $800,000 awarded in November.  We first told you about the clinic in 2011, when a collaborative of local medical […]

Continue Reading By on December 16, 2013 in Appalachia, coal, health, natural resources, rural, Uncategorized

Store and Studio Liven Rural Hollow

A few of Curt Vancel’s relatives have been back now to visit since the latest owner reopened his old general store. New owner Beth Bohnert enjoys seeing them and always has tea made for visitors.  Vancel Mill is long gone, but much of this East Tennessee hollow looks like it never changed. When you open the […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2012 in agriculture, community, crafts

Rural Harvest Opens in Maine Gallery

Art captures rural life in photographs and poetry at a new exhibit in coastal Belfast, Maine.  The Maine Farmland Trust is hosting the exhibit called “Rural Harvest” in its gallery at 97 Main Street. Photographer Lottie Hedley uses black and white imagery to capture the essence of farm life for Jim and Megan Gerritsen and […]

Continue Reading By on April 6, 2012 in agriculture, farm, sustainable