Sense of Place Archive

Monday Music: Hazel Dickens Singing “West Virginia, My Home,” 1978

This past Saturday would have been Hazel Dickens’s 88th birthday. She passed away in 2011. She was a songwriter and singer, played guitar and upright bass, and is best known for her biting songs about workers’ rights, the injustice of big coal, and the fight for womens’ equality. — Set against the backdrop of bluegrass
Category: Artistic Expression

Arkansas Toad Season

This past weekend we were in rural Yell County near an old horse pond. I saw a rustle in the grass and looked down to see a baby toad no bigger than the size of my fingertip making its way through the weeds. Once I saw one I began to notice them everywhere. The blades
Category: Animals

Summer Reading Series: An Arkansas Folklore Sourcebook

This begins Part One is a new series for the Seed and the Story column, which runs here on the Boiled Down Juice and in two Arkansas newspapers. This season-long series will highlight books that help us gain a deeper understanding of the central Arkansas region and related topics. We’d love for this series to
Category: Arkansas

Oral History Radio: Life in the Logging Woods, Dynamiting Graves, and Bonaparte Rutledge

Here at the Boiled Down Juice we share a close partnership with the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History, and Community Action, a small-scale participatory research, media, and outreach program operating in central Arkansas, particularly Pope and Yell Counties. A big part of our work is grounded in community-based media, oral history and storytelling across
Category: Arkansas

Intergenerational Gardening with Whitney Wills and Bryan Mader

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier. As part of our ongoing research via the McElroy House: Organization for Folklife, Oral History and Community
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: “The Real Science is the Science of Interconnection.” Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

Friday Video posts are a (semi) regular feature on the Boiled Down Juice and explore concepts of community, history, and culture. If you’re interested in suggesting a video, please let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas.  If you’re already familiar with GMO (genetically-modified organisms) and have been following the recent developments, or if
Category: Food

Humans, Animals, Land: Camaraderie Birdtown, Arkansas.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column written by Boiled Down Juice editor Meredith Martin-Moats exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. Topics included in
Category: Animals

Friday Video: Vanishing of the Bees

The Friday Video series is a regular feature of the Boiled Down Juice. If you’d like to suggest a video or submit an article, please contact us at the “Contact Us” link above. We’d love to hear from you.  The 2009 release Vanishing of the Bees  is currently streaming on Netflix. Supported by many bee advocates and
Category: Animals

Arkansas Master Naturalists, River Valley Chapter, Butterflies, and Bioregions.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community action in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and syndicated in the Courier and here on the Boiled Down Juice.  As part of our ongoing research at the McElroy Organization
Category: Animals

Recipes and Stories

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and is syndicated in the Courier and on the Boiled Down Juice. This week the paper is running the regular column as well
Category: Animals