Cork Board-March 5th, 2021 

Cork Board-March 5th, 2021  March 5, 2021

Image via Flickr: The Commons, Mennonite Board of Missions

In my past, they were all over town. They hung in the entryway of the bank, next to the exit at the restaurant, above my grandmother’s corded telephone. They were stained with highlighter, pocked with tack marks, and laden with handwritten notes, business cards, auction notices, and handbills for chicken dinners and lost dogs. Cork bulletin boards were the single most important medium of mass communication for small communities in the time before Facebook. Even the newspaper wasn’t as widely read. If you wanted people to know something was going on, you pinned it to the bulletin board. Then you waited for word of mouth to work its magic. You were rarely disappointed. 

The era of the crumbling old community cork board has mostly passed (though there’s still one in my favorite gas station!) So every Friday, I will pin the news items I feel are most important to the heart and soul of Catholic rural life. 

Photo by Sara Pavic from StockSnap

The effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on wild bees are devastating. A friend of mine lost her colony to a neighbor’s irresponsible spraying a few years ago. I’ve seen firsthand the damage they can do. 


Image via Flickr: The Commons, Public Domain, from the British Library’s collections, 2013

 This is a beautiful reflection on menial labor. “When work ended, I placed myself in prayer at the foot of Jesus, dead on the cross…. There, at his heels, I left a basket of clean, peeled turnips.”


Image via Flickr: The Commons, Mennonite Board of Missions Photographs

An NPR journalist travels abroad and discovers child-rearing concepts that many “old-school” rural parents never lost. Praise and attention can be too much of a good thing. Not all family activities should cater to the kids. And extended families networks are good for both parents and children. 

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