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"Small Town" America

Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary Through Writing

Jessica Lander | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Jessica Lander

Suffice to say, I have become captivated by the richness of everyday lives. These are not the people that dominate today's headlines. They are quieter. But nonetheless remarkable.

Grand Spots In Grand Forks North Dakota's "Survival" City

Sharon Hoge | Posted 10.07.2014 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

It's been 14 years since the spring of "come hell and high water" when the city flooded and then caught fire, and Grand Forks, North Dakota is back to normal.

'The Forsaken': A Talk with Ace Atkins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.05.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Ace Atkins has written 15 books over the past 15 years. He published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at age 27, becoming a full-time novelist at age 30.

6 Small Towns to Visit This Summer

Claire Gallam | Posted 08.04.2014 | Travel
Claire Gallam

Simply put, I'm looking for a location, a moment and a feeling that hasn't already been experienced by thousands of other people.

A Strange Journey Into A Near-Deserted Secondhand Store

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.

25 Signs You Grew Up in a Small Town

Emily Counts | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Emily Counts

Growing up in a small town is something the city kids (like my husband) will just never understand. If you also grew up in a small town, than you will be able to relate to this list.

America's Best Small Towns

Posted 10.14.2013 | Travel

We love our small towns, from the art and culture, the sense of community to the food. There are so many great small towns; each with a special qualit...

This Colbert Segment Will Probably Make You Cry

Posted 08.15.2013 | Comedy

Whenever Stephen Colbert debuts one of his "People Who Are Destroying America" segments, you know you're about to meet someone wonderful. It's the bri...

PHOTOS: Great Small Towns For A Weekend Escape

Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel

There's something wonderful about spending 36 hours in a small town. Somehow, even just an hour from home, time slows down, pulses slow, tension me...

A Gift Of 'Glee' From Lima, Ohio

Dan Kimpel | Posted 06.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Dan Kimpel

You might know my hometown, Lima, Ohio, as the geographic locale for the television show Glee. As it appears on this hit Fox series, McKinley High is one zany, multicultural mecca where fashionably attired students break into song in the hallways. Don't believe it.

Friday Photo: Villages

Paul Brady | Posted 04.04.2012 | Travel
Paul Brady

This summer, on a cross-country road trip, I finally made it to Marfa, Texas, a town of about 3,000 in the middle of nowhere in arid West Texas.

In Memory of Dr. Robert Whitton: A Life Well-lived and the Tragedy of an Unnecessary Death

Kevin Bell | Posted 01.29.2012 | College
Kevin Bell

What breaks my heart about Dr. Whitton's death is less the idea that I could have walked out into the street in his place, or even the thought that my own error could have easily caused such an accident.

David Plowden: Photographing The Soul Of America

Randy Fox | Posted 12.10.2011 | Travel
Randy Fox

From steam engines to gas stations to A&Ps, photographer David Plowden has been documenting the country for nearly 70 years -- and his pictures tell the story of change in America.

Small Town America Pushes Back Against Cuts To Local Services

The Wall Street Journal | Kate Linebaugh | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

Around the country public officials are asking themselves similar questions. Plunging property-tax receipts and rising pension and health-care costs h...

My Town, My America: Why Thanksgiving Came Early For Me This Year

Pythia Peay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pythia Peay

In returning to my childhood home this past summer, I rediscovered a missing piece of myself.

PHOTOS: 11 Great Small American Towns

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

What's considered a small town these days? Since so many towns are extensions of cities, it's hard to find the real thing anymore. Is 50,000 a small t...

Dan Hoyle's Play, The Real Americans, Is a Must-See

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dr. Jim Taylor

Last night, I saw Dan Hoyle's one-man play, The Real Americans, at the Marsh Theater in the Mission district of San Francisco. It was nothing short of brilliant: unsettling, poignant and hilarious.

Jewish America, One Book Tour Stop At A Time

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Benyamin Cohen

For these down-on-their-luck Jewish communities, it was a divine tale of "Yes, we can," writ large. And I found myself being inspired by their against-all-odds road to redemption.

Small Town America

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Maggie Van Ostrand

Some of us are already planning summer vacations to exotic, foreign places, but the smart money will go with small towns in the U.S. They not only afford more fun, but help our economy.