Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Let Liberty Ring

While many are dusting off their artificial Christmas tree and placing the spider infested contraption in the traditional place of prominence, others are heading to a crowded parking lot occupied by their favorite local civic organization selling trees shipped in from who knows where. The more fortunate will be keeping with tradition and traipsing into the woods and choosing the perfect conifer suitable to be adorned with all of those ornaments brought home by the kids during their elementary school days, at least the ones that weren’t edible and still have a remnant of glitter clinging to the, now fragile… Continue reading

It is the Soldier

“It is the Soldier, not the minister who has given us freedom of religion.  It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press.  It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech.  It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to protest.  It is the Soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial.  It is the Soldier, not the politician who has given us the right to vote.  It is the Soldier… Continue reading

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