Rachel Blum Spencer

$6,500 Goes a Long Way

August 19, 2011

McDowell County in North Carolina suffered an unemployment rate of 14.8% in 2009 (over 4% higher than the national rate). At a loss with what to do with the increasing number of jobless citizens, and already operating within a strained…

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Harry Potter and Running from Death

deathly hallows August 4, 2011

Our hero, Harry, demonstrates an attitude towards death that very few of us actually hold.

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Summer Opportunity from the Rockford Institute

May 18, 2011

Read through this announcement by FPR contributor Stephen Heiner:
Dear Fellow Front Porchers
I wanted to invite you to an event which will be occurring in a couple months’ time in Rockford, Illinois.  It’s the Rockford Institute’s 14th Annual Summer…

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Meet a Folksinger

March 21, 2011

I recently received a song from Front Porch Republic reader Michael Johnathon. Michael is a Kentucky based folksinger, songwriter and host of the national syndicated broadcast of the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour. He is also a playwrite and his theatrical…

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Extra, extra!

March 9, 2011

I grew up reading newspapers that serviced large metropolitan areas–the Denver Post and Tulsa World. Strangely, it was only after moving to a suburb of Washington, D.C. that I discovered local journalism is alive and well. ARL Now is an online newspaper…

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Diet, meet Butter

January 31, 2011

What did Grandma really eat?

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I have my own money, thank you.

December 2, 2010

How New England can change the world?

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Pay Attention to Appearances

October 21, 2010

See an FPR author in a venue near you.

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The Sustainability Stampede

October 5, 2010

The diversity club ran its course, and has been replaced with “second-wave environmentalism,” a.k.a. our culprit, sustainability.

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Food: The Cornerstone of Christian Credibility

June 29, 2010

This spring, Joel Salatin spoke at Patrick Henry College on “Food: The Cornerstone of Christian Credibility.” I’m happy to be able to make an audio recording of this lecture available to the Front Porch. Listen here.…

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Keep the Family, Can the Blog

June 13, 2010

For several years now, anyone tech-savvy enough to navigate blogspot or xanga has been able to  share their thoughts with the internet world through their personal blog (or sometimes, a public “family” blog). Some, like the Pioneer Woman, have made…

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Distracted Achievement Gap

March 10, 2010

The problem is that public schools inherit children who are “overentertained and distracted.”

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Exploiting Antiquities

March 5, 2010

To him, the created world is merely “resources” and fodder for “job creation.”

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Oh When the Saints (Come Marching In)

February 8, 2010

Is happiness found in fan-dom?

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Now Available in Color

February 3, 2010

Why not stand on the shoulders of the Kindle?

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Independent Populists?

November 24, 2009

Michael Lind over at Salon suggests a disparity between populism and the “liberal left.” Given Sarah Plain’s new book, in which she continues to posture as a populist (see Rod Dreher’s discussion on her cultural populism) as well as recent…

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