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This Pocket

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

By Amy Lohmolder

As a person who moved too often as a child, I’ve tended to romanticize small towns where one’s neighbors are well known. In my mind, they are the settings of Norman Rockwell paintings, places where children like Opie in the “The Andy Griffith Show” grow up happy and well adjusted and where quiet heroes like George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life are made. You can tell me your discouraging stories of real-life small towns from which you come (and college friends from across Iowa did). I will acknowledge it all and agree that sometimes people certainly can fall short. Still, I am lured back by artists of the Rockwell ilk, compassionate humorists who see the best in us. And I hold to the notion that the best in us grows in smaller communities where people know and care about one another.  Read More