With all this focus on #ReasonsRuralRocks are we ignoring the challenges that many rural citizens face? This past week a long time supporter of the trend asked, "Is poverty in Rural Alberta Hidden?" and attached the rural rocks hashtag. I'll admit, my immediate reaction was, "That's not the point of this forum." However, it was never my intention that the trend should gloss over the issues that rural faces. It has always been my hope that #ReasonsRuralRocks would provide a space for open conversations about all things rural. And such conversations must be open to discussing the negative as well.
That being said, it is easy to find news pieces, academic literature, and editorials about what is wrong with rural. It is much more difficult to find someone willing to share what makes rural great. It is my belief that if we truly value rural we must share our experiences...
Monday, 21 November 2011
A winter theme has continued in the #ReasonsRuralRocks trend. I hope this post finds you warm and cozy. Thanks to everyone for sharing your favourite reasons.
- I will never get tired of flying over beautiful rural America and seeing sunrise! @JenaeHansen
- sunsets and sunsets.... @onepercentyello
- The postman will hand me my mail if I catch him on another street. Plus, he picks up from my door. Service! @KatieMcCaskey
- Snow days off school. @KSherbi
- The County will plow my driveway! @midgelambert
- Waking up in winter and looking outside to find that the neighbor plowed the driveway. @ripplenw
- Letting your neighbors know when road conditions are very poor and travel not recommended. @jbatiuk
- the way your community rallies around when there's a loss in the family. So thankful!! @clht1
Monday, 14 November 2011
After the exciting opportunity to guest blog with Ripple, I figured it was time to get back to work here. I've fallen a bit behind on updating the latest #ReasonsRuralRocks. After reading this post, you should be all caught up on the best and brightest reasons from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12. With the changing season, there was a noticeable shift in the reasons being shared. It's been great to see that people are reminded of the greatness of rural winter.
- People are so nice @rainbow832
- Lots of amazing craft sales coming up! Local entrepreneurs have amazing goodies for the Christmas season! @return2rural
- Breathing clean crisp air on a sunny autumn day @clht1
- We do get pizza delivery, but often have reassure the driver they're in the right place when the pavement ends. @alpacamundo
- Locked my keys in the car @ the store tonight & my bro was there in 10 minutes on foot carrying a slim jim. @creativebug
- Community Fall Suppers @plind
- Snow is in the forecast and flurry conditions are on the way. Yet another #ReasonsRuralRocks! @OrdNE
- Letting your neighbors know when road conditions are very poor and travel not recommended @jbatiuk
- By 2050, 70% of us will live in cities. That's one #reasonsruralrocks for me. @katpinke
- Have been thinking how the disparity between extreme rich & poor is less visible in small/rural places. @KatieMcCaskey
- Sunrises @JenaeHansen