Memoir
Personal essay

Climate change isn't just a challenge for science; for this writer it poses a challenge to soul and spirit, too.
by Cornelia F. Mutel
Memoir

For farmers like Howard McDonough, memory packs every acre and outbuilding.
by Howard McDonough
Commentary

Where's the prairie? Is it an untouched remnant? A farm landscape? A freshly mowed suburban yard? Our correspondent says "yes."
by Thomas Dean
Memoir

In this memoir, the writer, formerly a bus driver for Iowa State University, chronicles a day in his life. It wasn't always a happy ride.
Interview

A conversation between Rootstalk editor Emma Thomasch and residents of the Mayflower retirement community.
by Emma Thomasch
Memoir

When things change, do they always change for the better? See what you think after reading this memoir of a one-room Missouri schoolhouse.
by Helen Johnson
Memoir

A young writer fresh out of college; a Nebraska horse farm; a wild-west show reunion. A memoir by Dan Weeks.
by Dan Weeks
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
Memoir

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

When this Minnesota writer's family farm became a regional park, she kept her family memories.
by Michele Brennhofer
Poetry

Not every Midwesterner's youth is a pastoral idyll, as this poet reminds us.
by Gerard Sarnat
Memoir

This contributor has been front-and-center for some of American culture's most dramatic changes, as you'll read in part II of his memoir.
by Dartanyan Brown