Rural Communities

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This isn’t the first time we’ve written about the importance of community in the pages of this magazine, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Some topics, however well-worn, are simply worth repeating. As I step into this new managerial role for Grit, I can’t help but think about community and the part it plays in this publication.

Community is such a valuable thing. People being there for each other, whether it’s a helpful hand or a friendly chat, strengthens our hearts and builds a more resilient future. I think rural communities exemplify that concept especially well. Anyone who’s lived in a rural area could likely attest to the camaraderie that comes from neighbors, no matter how far down the road they may be. Having spent a large chunk of my life living in or near rural communities, I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people come together to get things done. Whether it’s helping with a harvest, caring for a sick or injured animal, offering support to a family member, or changing a tire on the side of the road, someone is always happy to step in and lend a hand – usually without needing to be asked. That can-do spirit is one of the traits that keep the heartbeat of rural America going so strong.

I’ve been an editor at Grit for a few years now, and although it’s not the only magazine I’ve worked on, it was the first, and it holds a special place in my heart. I still remember what was said to me when I joined the Grit staff years ago. After I accepted the new position, a fellow editor said, “You’re going to love working on this title. The Grit community is really wonderful!” And that has proven true time and time again. Every letter I read, every subscriber I chat with, and every author I work with reminds me of the strong, vibrant group of people that make up Grit magazine. I’m constantly enriched with friendly support, helpful information, and innovative ideas – all coupled with the steady, deep roots of rural living. Our Grit community is broad – much broader than the countless small communities dotting rural America – but it’s filled with the same can-do spirit and made up of the same friendly faces. It’s a true joy to be a part of that community. Thank you, all, for making it what it is today.

I’d love to hear your stories of community, Grit or otherwise, and how it’s influenced your life. Send me an email at, and your words might make it into the magazine. Looking forward to hearing from you,

Allison Sarkesian, Senior Editor