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Give Me the Local Color

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Ingham County, MI

If you’ll stop watching Friends and start making them, if you’ll turn down the volume on the purveyors of voluminous but distant and useless news, if you’ll ignore the Technicolor coverage of unlocal stories, you’ll discover that

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The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe

BASE-shoe April 15, 2014

I’m cheaper than I am smart.

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Let the Liberal Arts Die

April 15, 2014

Everything we are as persons can be expressed in terms of production and commodification.

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The Berry Center at Work

April 8, 2014

Mary Berry (Wendell’s daughter, and an occasional contributor here) has founded The Berry Center to continue her family’s work to buttress the economic well-being of small farmers, and the organization has pushed forward with its programs very quickly.
You can read about…

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The Gift of Spring

April 2, 2014

“Nor would the stress
Of life be bearable for tender things
Did not so long a respite come between
The cold and heat, and heaven’s indulgence grant
This comfort to the world.”
Virgil, Georgics II
I must be a tender…

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Recovering Bliss From the Conditions of Disaster

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AM radio shouts at me, first the nut-jobs on the right, then the nut-jobs on the left.

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What is Wrong With the Front Porch?

front-porch-attitude March 25, 2014

Let’s be honest: the posts are terrible.

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Localist Roundup: American Exceptionalism

February 4, 2014

According to this piece, online grocery shopping is on the up and up. Meanwhile, this article describes something similar happening with book subscriptions.
This article tries to delineate boundaries between what sorts of things people should do, and what sorts…

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What Happened with the Prick Realtor

sold-sign January 29, 2014

The indignities mount.

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And What Happened After the Codeine Kicked In

moving-truck January 15, 2014

I’m in one of those ridiculous backless hospital gowns.

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Localist Roundup: Polar Vortex

January 7, 2014

As I write this, it’s cold.
On the political front, this piece tells that the Senate recently propelled a unemployment benefit extension past a key procedural vote.
Meanwhile, The Weekly Standard yearns for patriotism.
On an unrelated note, this piece…

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Localist Roundup: Horse-Drawn Carriages and Portable Churches

January 2, 2014

This article reports on the continuing saga of legal challenges to NSA data collection. In other court news, as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, Justice Sotomayor has issued a stay on the mandate requiring employers cover employee birth…

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Localist Roundup: Walmarts of Higher Education

December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!
Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act takes full effect.
In other news, this piece looks at Census Bureau statistics and analyzes population shift in the States. The article is concerned primarily about seats in the House of Representatives,…

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Have Yourselves A Merry Dumb-Ass Christmas Now

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We’ll just have to muddle through somehow.

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What We Wish at Christmas

December 23, 2013

In practicing the rites of worship men hope that they will be vouchsafed a share in the superhuman abundance of life. From time immemorial, this very thing has always been considered the true, the immanent fruit of all great festivals……

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Localist Roundup: Deals and Decisions

December 17, 2013

This week’s news is mostly on the political front. A budget deal seems ready to go through the Senate, wrapping up the congressional conflict from earlier this year. But another fight could arise concerning the debt ceiling, something which the…

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