Sense of Place Archive

A Reader’s Pilgremidge to Needmoore Cemetery: An Update

A few weeks ago in our weekly Seed and the Story column we featured a story from a reader named Karen Alexander-Stoeckel from Cambira, California.  She wrote to answer our call for Decoration Day stories and explained her upcoming pilgrimage to Needmore, Arkansas to visit her grandparents’ graves and scatter the ashes of her recently deceased father,
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Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Journal of Ordinary Thought

We’ve recently been made aware of  a wonderful Chicago-based organization that brings together popular education theory with participant-based engagement in the arts. They work to envision, as their mission statement says, “a society where adults connect through creative communities in which writing, discussing, and publishing personal narrative leads to civic engagement, neighborhood vitality, and social transformation.”
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Friday Video: Where Do They All Go?

Today’s Friday Video is a preview of the upcoming film, Where Do They All Go? by Tom Davenport. Davenport is currently raising money to finish the film on Indiegogo.  This film follows Dr. Jerry A. Payne, “Entomologist, Georgia Naturalist, Uppervillian, Friend and Artist,” who remembers, as a child, looking at dead animals in the woods and wondering how they al disappeared.
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Monday Music: Damien Jurado “Arkansas.”

This video has been making the rounds among Jurado’s Arkansas fans, both expat and current residents.  I’d love to hear your take on this song and video from his most recent album, Saint Bartlett.  I love Damien Jurado, even though it’s been a few years since I’ve really listened to his music.   The song
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Do You Have an Arkansas Tattoo? Know Someone Who Does?

For years now people from Arkansas have been getting tattoos that represent the state in some way.  Recently my husband got one, and we discovered that many people of older generations were clueless as to why. I got to thinking about how the Arkansas tattoo is a multi-layered symbol for younger generations, and set out
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“Words As The Way To Freedom:” Jimmy Santiago Baca on Making Contact Radio Progam

Originally conducted in 2009 by Progressive editor Matthew Rothschild, this interview with Jimmy Santiago Baco aired two months ago on the Making Contact radio program. “Words as the Way to Freedom” explores Baca’s discovery of poetry while serving time in an Arizona prison for drug possession.  He discusses how poetry changed the way he saw
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Julianna Barwick, Magic, and Singing with Cats (kind of).

Several months ago our friends at the Art of the Rural posted about muscian Julianna Barwick and the role her music plays in how we choose define the sounds of rural America.  Thanks to their post I started reading more about Harwick and her delay-pedal harmonies, the sounds of which bring back memories of playing with
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Friday Video: TINY: a Story About Living Small

Maybe you’ve heard about the Small House Movement, also known as the Tiny House Movement.   Essentially, it’s a loose collective of folks who are choosing to live in smaller, eco-friendly houses.   To provide a little bit of background on the movement, here’s a great video from PBS ‘s Need to Know Program about
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N. Scott Momaday’s The Man Made of Words.

      Quite often the posts here focus on newer publications. And while that’s certainly important, it seems also quite helpful to periodically revisit older publications. So this post begins the first in a series re examining essays, music, books, movies, and a host of other things whose ideas and themes are as relevant
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The oral history and folklore of Climate Change and an extension of what we mean by PLACE.

In working with a few different oral history programs, I have always been intrigued by how much information these interviews about rural life in North Carolina, Arkansas, or central Kentucky contain about climate change. When men and women in their 80s and 90s discuss their childhoods, they often recall extended winters, greater amounts of snow,
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