Meditation: Rural Roundup

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Spring and Fall are great times for cities: the slush is gone, and the stink hasn't yet arrived--but this week I found myself wondering how the other 20.78% lives, so I rounded up a few rural blogs, after the jump. When not raising pigs and selling hand-dyed yarn, Jessie Raymond writes a humor column for Vermont's Addison Independent.

"We flatlanders are always doing things that we think make us more like Vermonters, like baking bread, raising chickens, and knitting, but as it turns out, Vermonters are a practical people who quit doing all that as soon as it became unnecessary for survival."

James Graham writes about living in small-town New Hampshire and renovating his 1850's house, Chez Melendy.

"Every spring, while Cherry blossoms flank the Potomac and Magnolias offer their subtle charms to the gardens of Brooklyn, the rural communities of northern New England struggle to keep their cars from sinking into the mud of those quaint back roads that look so lovely in the fall. The dreaded mud season is upon us."

Small Town Misfit is a compendium of items from small-town police blotters nationwide.

The Ethicurean writes about "tasty things that are also sustainable, organic, local, and/or ethical — SOLE food, for short."

Also check out posts tagged with rural+diy on del.icio.us.

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