Good Memories, Opportunity Key to Youth Returning (July 2004)
This article shows the importance of young people having good experiences growing up in rural communities. The positive quality of family life, school experiences and having an opportunity to develop a "sense of community" through service and knowledge are keys to attraction of young families back to rural communities.
Rural Community Rules: Image Is Everything (June 2000)
This article describes how people in rural communities learn dysfunctioal rules in their family in order to protect their image in the community. The lack of openness and self-disclosure takes a toll on people as they hide problems rather than bring them out in the open and get ideas or help on how to deal with them. The judgmental attitudes in rural communities creates fear and anxiety.
Rural Social Landscape Changes (January 2005)
This article summarizes the changing ways rural people socialize with each other in response to new technology and integration into a globalized and media-driven society.
Town Mice And Country Mice Air Their Differences (October 2001)
This article has two imaginary dialogues in a rural community, one between the country mice complaining about their town cousins and vice versa. By understanding their differences and communicating with each other, rural people can bridge their differences and work together for their common goals.
Rancorous Communities Destroy Relationships (November 2002)
This article summarizes the seven stages of community conflict as theorized by sociologist James Coleman and supported by the research of Kathy Kremer of Wartburg College in Waverly Iowa. Community conflict that mushrooms out of control goes far beyond the original issues to personalized attacks and polarization of the community into rival camps. Community members who have gone through this wish there had been a way to stop the conflict sooner so that relationships weren't permanently damaged.
Quality Of Living Important To Rural Economy (April 2003)
This article describes the thoughts of Rick Killion who edits a magazine called Prairie Business. He believes that the strong selling point of rural life and development is the quality of life experiences available in rural areas. Several of these attractive features are highlighted in the article.