Tuesday, August 13


Ola has some great storytellers and interesting stories to tell. I have been asked for us to share some of these wonderful stories. The stories of interest would start out "The one thing that made me stay..", The one thing that made me leave..." or "The one thing that made me return...". Please read the attached and follow the simple instructions to tell and share.

An Exploration of Small Town America with State of the Re:Union, Cowbird & Hollow

What's THE ONE THING about your town... that made you stay? That made you leave? That made you... return?

Share your story on the website Cowbird, and your town could be featured on the award-winning NPR program State of the Re:Union in 2014.

Through these personal stories-- told in image, text and sound-- we’ll develop a patchwork portrait of rural America in all its traditions and fluctuations, the tenacity and passion of people who live there, and the complex feelings of those who’ve left for cities and towns.

There are so many things we love and hate about where we're from.... Share THE ONE THING that made you decide to stay or go.

Here’s how:

1) Join Cowbird (it’s free!) : https://cowbird.com/join/

2) Sign in and click “Tell a Story” in in the right hand corner and tell a story starting with the line, “The one thing that made me stay...” or “The one thing that made me go...” or “The one thing that made me return...” Keep your story short — 50 to 250 words.

3) Find a photo and/or some sound (in mp3 format) to illustrate your story, and add them to your story by clicking on the photo icon/microphone icon on the right.*

4) Before you hit publish, click on the tag icon on the right and write “The One Thing” (it should pop up as an option, which you can click). That will help us to find your story. HELPFUL HINT: You should also click on the globe icon on the right to tell us “Where” your story took place.

5) Hit publish and share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or through Email. Congratulations! You’re done.

*Please no copyrighted material: only original photographs and recordings.
Questions? Contact Erika: erika@stateofthereunion.com story.

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