Reclaiming Rural
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Reclaiming Rural

A conversation

Hey, I want to share with you about a call I had yesterday that I’m still thinking about.

David is from a rural county in Western North Carolina. We’ll call him “David,” as that’s his first name. His first name, as though we are his familiars. And the conversation began as they always do: we said hello, of course, and I asked how he was doing. “Just fine,” came the reply, which is what most people say. We chatted a few moments and I…




Reclaiming Rural is a project of Down Home North Carolina. We are reclaiming what it means to live in and be from the rural South.

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Melissa Hassard

Melissa Hassard

Writer, editor, mom, activist, poet. Wears a mask.

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