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Rural America: Learnings from farms for the Farm

Recently, Tom Schnaubelt highlighted Stanford’s demographic disparity between the percentage of rural Americans and rural Stanford students (19.3% nationally versus. 5% at Stanford). I’m an urban/rural mutt. While I didn’t solely grow up in rural America (I went to high school in Denver), I did most of my growing in rural America. For my whole…

Joyce Carol Oates chronicles the fall of an American family in ‘We Were the Mulvaneys’

Though midterm blues and wet bike seats may plague us this season, these drudgeries simply enhance the appeal of escaping into Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional worlds. Famous for her novels that, like sea-weary gulls, guide the reader off toward gloomy, landlocked locales of the western New York variety, Oates works her descriptive magic yet again…

No turkey for me

Each year, my family does the whole Thanksgiving sha-bang. We make a turkey (or buy it on years we’re feeling lazy) and fill our dining table with a cornucopia of foods — stuffing, cranberry sauce, cornbread. We gather around the dining room table instead of the regular kitchen table, sometimes with family from out of…