Rootstalk, Volume V, Issue 1, Fall 2018

Volume V, Issue 1, Fall 2018

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Publisher's note

What does "community" mean on the prairie? In this issue, we offer a mosaic of answers gleaned from the residents of one small town.
by Jon Andelson
Editor's note

In a community writing workshop, Rootstalk's Editor discovered a small town's true diversity.
by Mark Baechtel
Memoir

A "rubber band community" is one that, no matter how far away you go, you always want to come back. This retired teacher explains.
by Bridget Brandt
Memoir

There was a time for this retired farmer when Saturday night in his small prairie town was a hot car and someone to race.
by Allan Moyer
Memoir

A farm is many things: a business, a home, a way of life. For this farmer, it was a thing to share with the whole town.
by Shirley Moyer
Memoir

A costume, a pillow case, a couple of friends, and a whole town to roam in: that was Halloween for this coffee shop owner.
by Sam Cox
Personal essay

It's a long way from Iraq's battlefields to running a small town barbershop. But because of a little boy's smile, maybe not so far at that.
by Randall Hotchkin
Photography

What's the best way to find out how "community" is defined where you live? Ask the local kids to make a mural.
by Kaitie Hess
Essay

Want to know how prairie culture has changed? Consult the obituaries in your local paper.
by Mary Kay Shanley
Essay

On any given outing on the prairie, you might just turn over an artifact from the country's indigenous past. Or maybe not...
by John Whittaker
Multimedia

In this issue we're publishing a variation on our "Birds of the Prairie" feature. This time, it's "Mammals of the Prairie."
by Bruce Leventhal and Ken Saunders II
Podcast

In Rootstalk's fifth podcast, our audio producers talk with Prof. Brandi Janssen about the complexities of sustainaable agriculture.
by Eva Gemrich and Dru Greenwood
Essay

How do we reverse the degradation of our prairie home by industrial ag? The residents of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage think they know.
by Joshua Lockyer
Interview

What does an artist do in a prairie town that doesn't have an arts community? Matt and Sarah Kargol's answer: make one.
by Matt and Sarah Kargol
Memoir

Musician, journalist, educator with a 40-year career in the arts--our contributor has folded together multiple extraordinary lives.
by Dartanyan Brown
Poetry

The poet--an Australian transplant--takes on the autumn's changeable weather and its effect on we who move through it.
by John Grey
Essay

During the yearly migration, an astonishing forty-five percent of all North American shorebirds pass through this Kansas marsh.
by Alicia DeHaan
Essay

Blake said we can see the universe in a grain of sand; can we see the prairie expanses of the past in a remnant on an Illinois highway?
by Cindy Crosby
Poetry

Richard Luftig's second appearance on our pages features an imagined road trip, and the solace of endurance in winter.
by Richard Luftig
Closeup

To depict ecological change in the American landscape, this artist brings together paints, drawing materials and altered photographs.
Book Review

This contributor, a soil scientist, environmental activist and farmer, reviews a new book offering a vision of rural prairie revival.
by Fred Kirschenmann
Poetry

In this poet's work the prairie's weathers have an intimate connection to the landscape's history.
by Rodney Nelson
Essay

This scholar of Native American culture meditates on the meaning of roots, and the challenge to them represented by energy extraction.
by Sebastian Braun
Paintings

This artist has shared her visions of the prairie landscape in almost every issue of our journal. We're fortunate to feature four more.
Photography

This issue features two more of our regular contributor's incomparable wildlife portraits.
Photography

This Minnesota photographer introduced our readers to his work in Vol. IV, #2. He contributed two more images of wildlife to this issue.
Photography

It's clear this image by our former Associate Editor is a Midwestern graveyard: a cornfield in the background, an endless blue sky above.
Photography

This photographer is providing her second backdrop for our table of contents: staghorn sumac at Neal Smith National Wildlife Preserve.
Photography

This first-time contributor provided some beautiful--and beautifully appropriate--images for the essay written by his friend, Alicia DeHaan.
Photography

This photographer--orginally from Hawaii--found inspiration in the autumn prairie fields.