Duck Dynasty and Rural Civil Religion: A Report from an Iowa Farm

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

By Kenyon Gradert News broke of Phil Robertson’s remarks a few days before my wife and I left for my parents’ Iowa farm. Both of us teachers, we…

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The Legend of Cas Walker

Monday, March 5, 2012

 The Cas Walker Knoxville city council fist-fight; LIFE Magazine [Editor’s Note: As I am facing numerous writing deadlines, this seems like a good time to give a retrospective…

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Rural Roots: 1956, 2011, and 2228

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The brig at the 2011 Trekfest; Rob Daniel, The Press Citizen When I was recently traveling through Iowa on my way to the National Rural Assembly I had…

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The Legend Of Cas Walker

Monday, April 11, 2011

This is the photograph that originally appeared in LIFE magazine. I recently received an email and suggestion from Chuck Shuford, a writer and arts commentator for The Daily…

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Saying Goodbye to Oakdale, Illinois

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Daily Yonder and The Rural Blog are two sites I read each day; they both provide some of the most thorough, provocative and indispensable information and commentary…

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