5/21/2013 3:59:11 PM
Becky gives a quick update on her family's involvement in a pivotal food freedom case going on trial this week in Wisconsin.
5/20/2013 11:27:33 PM
One more weekend as a volunteer photographer at Recall Lagrange. The 150th anniversary of the burning of the college and town. My garden room is coming along nicely, only I didn't realize the weight of all the tile I had to haul up the steps.
5/17/2013 12:12:21 PM
Becky reveals her and Andy's involvement in a food rights case that will be going to court next week. She pleads with people to take part in the security of their food.
5/4/2013 6:31:32 PM
In the fifties and sixties, horse-drawn wagons were not that common as automibles were coming into prominence, but a few old-timers held on to their slower way of getting around
5/2/2013 11:00:35 PM
Mother Nature is slow waking up this spring. My flowers are two to three weeks behind last year. War of 1812 en-actors come to Tuscumbia.
5/1/2013 11:50:24 PM
We all need to conserve water no matter the state in which we live. This resource has become a scarcity to many and a battle for some. There are several simple and effective ways each of us can do our part to cut back and resource our water consumption.
4/30/2013 4:58:32 PM
We have seen the news stories about food shortages.Drought and famine seems to be growing in the news. Drinkable water is quickly becoming more and scarce. Chemicals are added to our drinking water to “protect” end users from disease and bacteria.
4/30/2013 11:05:11 AM
How a small community effort has grown to large community pride.
4/27/2013 6:33:24 PM
I was too glad that I never had an encounter with the dreaded, Arkansas black panther, but it was, and still is a reality for that part of the South. Night hunters came across them, but they never shot one and brought it for everybody to see
4/20/2013 5:41:52 PM
I sort of liked the old-fashioned icebox. It was a challenge to see how long we could keep a block of ice and how long the ice would keep our food cold.
4/20/2013 4:58:40 PM
I was so glad when we finally got electricity. Then, all you had to do was pull the string that turned the light blub on. No more oil lamps.
4/20/2013 4:32:28 PM
Wash Day has come a long ways from when I was a child...it certainly has!
4/20/2013 4:23:49 PM
My Grandmother had a lovely garden year round, and I was the happy recipient of the delicious veggies she so patiently grew
4/15/2013 10:18:39 PM
Spring has finally arrived in Alabama. With the cold and rainy spells, farmers are over 2 weeks behind planting. Garden tours and historical tours are the norm this month. Spring flowers are popping out.
4/15/2013 10:06:57 PM
This is a story about the land behind our house when I was a child. It was 80 acres of pure delight growing up.
4/13/2013 6:42:31 PM
Most younger people have never heard of a midwife, but she's responsible for my being here. These women were common in rural America, especially before the sixties and seventies.
4/6/2013 6:45:32 PM
This is a capsule of how our rural parents treated our childhood illnesses - always without the assistance of a doctor (except for the kind that they bought in a jar).
3/30/2013 6:50:51 PM
Water is necessary for almost everything we do in life. Without it, we simply could not live. I've had the pleasure (in this article) of looking back on how and where we got our water when I was a little, country girl in Arkansas.
3/23/2013 5:54:59 PM
Some of the plants, herbs, and medicines that my mother used for colds. We country folks couldn't get to the drug store often, so we had to find our own treatments.
3/22/2013 5:29:04 AM
After a long day of being on your feet all day they need a bit of pampering. Soaking your feet helps to soften them, fight foot odor, and fight fungal diseases. Learn how to make your own soothing foot soak and save a bit of money.
3/21/2013 8:14:55 PM
Spring has come to Alabama, but first we have to get through one more cold spell. I go eagle hunting and finally get to go to Cane Creek Nature Preserve after 20 years of wanting just before coming down with the flu.
3/18/2013 4:49:01 PM
So far 2013 has been a season of potential and change for the Sell Family. Read here about how they might finally, after all this time, get back to the land!
3/16/2013 7:07:27 PM
I want to share a little about my favorite flower, the daffodil, that blooms around this time in my home state, Arkansas.
3/15/2013 12:01:33 AM
When we moved from the city to a farm our entire lives changed! We now home school our two oldest children. Learn a few of our favorite activities, and gain a little insight into home schooling on a homestead!
3/5/2013 8:23:41 PM
What does modern homesteading really mean? It's not all about doing and being more. Oftentimes it is about simpler living and choosing needs over wants.
3/1/2013 5:45:04 PM
Mail ordering in rural America during the fifties and sixties
2/28/2013 6:12:14 PM
The Sell family has been absent from the blogging community for awhile, and seeks to catch everyone up on the happenings in their lives: holidays and birthdays and travel, plus a new baby!
2/27/2013 2:29:01 PM
Email and texting are quick and easy, but what might we be losing by no longer writing hand-written letters?
2/15/2013 3:31:17 PM
Help spread the word about the importance of the rural life!
1/30/2013 2:48:09 PM
A walk through an old cemetery in North Dakota.
1/29/2013 1:21:20 PM
The author points out the impact of political activism on the rural way of life.
1/28/2013 2:11:57 PM
Frosty days are perfect for staying indoors and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.
1/24/2013 12:17:52 PM
Following the Rule of Threes is the key to
modern-day urban survival.
1/22/2013 11:26:13 PM
Name that Goat! And, some FB Memes.
1/21/2013 10:22:51 PM
A barn picture taking trip takes an unexpected turn of events. Rain, rain and more rain to begin the new year.
1/19/2013 7:14:27 PM
My life in rural Arkansas
1/17/2013 10:45:00 AM
Knowing how to build a fire is an essential skill in tough times.
1/14/2013 4:05:06 PM
With some training and preparation, a field medic can prevent serious conditions such as heat stroke and hypothermia.
1/10/2013 5:04:00 PM
a brief chronicle of parts of childhood in rural Arkansas
1/4/2013 11:36:01 AM
In this world of fierce competition it's not enough to host a fundraising dinner...it's all about unique themes and offerings that offer more than the mundane dinner is quacked up to be - as Ducks Unlimited discovers!
12/31/2012 3:41:44 PM
The best way to chase away the winter blues is with Feathers on the Ground beauty products.
12/12/2012 7:48:55 PM
A recent Walk through Bethlehem brings new meaning to the Christmas story to our children. Join us on our trip through the marketplace!
12/10/2012 11:00:43 PM
I'm back after a short lay off. Various Christmas activities lead into Christmas in the Shoals.
12/4/2012 8:02:43 PM
A letter to Santa requesting Christmas miracles
11/27/2012 4:18:33 PM
Reflections on the anniversary of our move.
11/20/2012 2:57:59 PM
BeesFree, Inc. announced announced Nov. 13 that it will be a Silver Sponsor at the 2012 California State Beekeeper Association (CSBA) Annual Convention to be held Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 at Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa at Cabazon, CA
11/19/2012 8:16:36 PM
Giving thanks for the simple things: community, a newly painted house, and family
11/19/2012 9:53:53 AM
This two-way radio series is functional and practical.
11/10/2012 11:39:50 AM
Every town has its exclusive social club that admits some and omits others...what if there were a club for EVERYONE - including the wildlife??
10/30/2012 3:53:17 PM
A weather-resistant hands-free flashlight.
10/30/2012 3:46:37 PM
Silicone measuring cups and bowls are flexible for easy pouring.
10/30/2012 3:38:32 PM
A lifejacket for electronics.
10/30/2012 10:47:20 AM
A silicone clip-on spout that attaches to bowls, pots, pans, skillets and double boilers for mess-free pouring and straining, and doubles as a spoon rest.
10/30/2012 10:37:38 AM
A functional USB drive worn on a colorful wristband.
10/30/2012 10:27:38 AM
An all-in-one super tool perfect for any handyman or woman.
10/29/2012 4:17:04 PM
A fun and functional little camera.
10/29/2012 4:11:38 PM
These made-in-the-USA raised food bowls promote healthy digestion and reduce strain on pets.
10/29/2012 4:01:21 PM
Innovative tools for streaming television shows and movies.
10/29/2012 3:55:29 PM
An all-in-one facial styler and shaver for men.
10/29/2012 3:30:53 PM
An innovative hair removal solution that leaves skin soft and smooth for weeks.
10/29/2012 3:25:18 PM
Keep children entertained with talking animals and magical stories.
10/29/2012 3:18:44 PM
Charge multiple gadgets in one place at the same time.
10/29/2012 12:08:29 PM
Cooking stand displays recipes easily on an iPad or other tablet.
10/29/2012 12:00:42 PM
Protect iPad while cooking, and organize recipes easily with this handy organizer.
10/29/2012 11:42:25 AM
A list of great gift ideas for the 2012 holiday season.
10/19/2012 12:10:16 PM
Duluth Trading’s second retail store in Wisconsin touts ingenious workwear and area’s rich heritage
10/18/2012 11:07:37 AM
This spring garden guide is complete with tips and adventures from the staff at Sunset Magazine. Read along as they prepare a spring feast from their one-block garden, brew beer, treat broody hens, hand milk their Jersey cow and navigate honeybee swarm season.
10/16/2012 4:36:18 PM
Ranch Organics holds the key to relaxation.
10/15/2012 4:09:03 PM
Turn Halloween into a community celebration.
10/10/2012 8:52:56 AM
A simple end-of-season tomato harvest ends up bringing the Sell family more than just produce. A delightful story of community that really wants to exist in a world where computers have replaced relationships.
10/4/2012 3:34:29 PM
Pretending to be what you are not does not mean you are crazy or insecure.
10/2/2012 12:10:58 PM
The National FFA Organization, Rural TV, iHigh.com and Alltech have joined together to enable FFA to deliver educational materials and programs to middle- and high-school students across the U.S. through TV and Internet broadcasts.
9/27/2012 10:30:41 PM
I experienced my first 'The Return Walk to Tuscumbia' when I was asked to photograph the walk. I also took in the Oka Kapassa Festival after the walk. The hooligans are still in pursuit of the bunny rabbit.
9/25/2012 6:07:45 AM
Shannon shares a link to an interesting post over at the blog Root Simple.
9/8/2012 10:22:46 PM
The moonshine still at the 75th birthday celebration at the Coondog Cemetery in Tuscumbia gets raided.
9/7/2012 10:18:09 AM
Economic woes have increased the need for food donations - and at the same time donations of food and money have slowed down, creating a shortage where it is needed the most.
9/5/2012 10:26:38 PM
One New England community's efforts to preserve its rural, farming and agricultural past for future generations while celebrating its past.
8/30/2012 10:27:49 PM
Crossing over the Tennessee River going to work one morning, I spied the riverboat the American Queen parked at the Florence Harbor. I just had to have pictures to add to my collection of the Mississippi Queen and Delta Queen parked in the same spot.
8/21/2012 3:51:31 PM
Iowan talks about serving as a nurse during the Second World War, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor, war bonds and ration books.
8/17/2012 1:04:04 PM
Myself Around 1957 - Notice the lack of a baseball in my hand. East Haven Vermont Town Team c1913 - My grandfather is sitting on the bench third from the left. Red Rolfe - A dreaded member of the NY Yankees My Father - Samuel Alonzo Locke
8/14/2012 11:05:58 PM
The heat wave not seen since the 1930's continue. I took a ten day break to take in the W C Handy Festival while the weeds consume my flower beds.
8/13/2012 1:33:38 PM
What does this dream mean?
7/30/2012 10:27:20 AM
tree carvings, dogs made of staples, houses decorated to keep out the vagrants
7/27/2012 2:18:10 PM
Is your neighbor chained in a cave?
7/27/2012 11:13:25 AM
Old West Festival to be held in Williamsburg, Ohio.
7/26/2012 2:02:00 PM
Report indicates rural manufacturing has increased the number of jobs during the past two years at double the overall national rate.
7/24/2012 9:00:02 AM
Tips for taking care of your home.
7/23/2012 4:18:39 PM
The things that haunt me.
7/10/2012 3:46:41 PM
More and more people are looking to get away from their high pressure jobs, and they fantasize about living the life of small scale farming. The day starts, they enjoy the fresh air as they tend to their crops which grow almost by themselves.
7/9/2012 12:15:23 PM
A tornado hits Verona Lake Ranch, the showing of the Albert Schweitzer Film, and the Moores sells the park.
7/8/2012 11:53:33 PM
Our small town is moving away from the traditional Spring Fling and Winter Potluck themes - with great success. Nearly EVERYONE attended the Mad Hatter's Tea and January Aloha Feast, proving the town potluck is NOT dead! It just needs a new name...
7/8/2012 10:01:45 AM
I live in Colorado north of the Air Force Academy and just celebrated our Nations Independence Day. Just a couple of days ago, Colorado had huge fires and the smoke had gotten so thick that I think that I had to chew it.
7/2/2012 2:30:27 PM
Watch out for the heat over this fourth of July. Don't be a hard-headed person like me.
7/2/2012 12:03:12 PM
Tips for choosing the best hot water heater for your home.
7/2/2012 11:58:54 AM
Tips for quicker cleaning so you can spend more time with family and friends.
6/28/2012 3:40:38 PM
On Saturday 23 June, I saw the smoke plume before I had even heard about the fire. It was a massive towering chimney of smoke. It was coming from behind the ridge of the mountain south of us near Colorado Springs.
6/28/2012 7:53:38 AM
My first ghost was interesting but the next one is going to be intense.
6/27/2012 11:10:12 PM
We are experiencing temperatures in the lower hundreds with very dry weather. Festival time has started. I was a volunteer photography at the Helen Keller Festival.
6/19/2012 7:45:21 PM
In a rural community, your next door neighbor might be miles away. To avoid feeling isolated, you can expand your neighborhood and find acquaintances and even new friends.
6/19/2012 10:36:30 AM
Make the most of family time this summer.