Will Gillespie, a southern Illinois farmer and coal mine inspector, has written an interesting and entertaining book called Cows I Have Known. It is available in a kindle edition and in paperback. Check it out on amazon.com. In 374 pages, and 45 short chapters, Will brings readers into the everyday life of livestock farming, introducing them to the idiosyncrasies of cows in an often humorous, and always very informative, manner. Worth a quick read!
Rural Lit Rally Advisory Board member, Page Lambert, introduced us to a brand new (December 2016) rural novel by James T. Hughes called Jasper Spring. For a review, please have a look at Page’s blog site:
In the wake of all the noise surrounding “standards and testing” in American schools, a small, loosely-knit organization is doing its best to cut through the hype and strengthen the bonds between rural schools and communities. Check out the work of the Rural Schools Collaborative: http://ruralschoolscollaborative.org/ Their emphasis on place-based student engagement helps open the door for the return of rural literature in rural schools . . .
Paul Theobald will address two Nebraska communities during the month of October, sharing the results of current research concerning rural school consolidation and pointing out that almost to a study, contemporary research has NOT recommended consolidation to improve test scores or save tax dollars.