Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

August 21, 2014
Magazine Launch
Magazine Launch

Stories from Collinsville, Elba, Linden and Selma are featured in the first issue of Living Democracy, a magazine that captures the spirit of these diverse Alabama communities.

By Professor Nan Fairley
July 21, 2014
Life in the Black Belt of Alabama
Life in the Black Belt of Alabama

"For reasons of employment, much of the population has left the Black Belt in search of the opportunities the big cities can provide. But if you can look past the inconveniences of rural living, there's a distinct beauty to the Black Belt. I wanted to talk to those who stayed when they could've left. Those who have seen that beauty and fallen in love with it. I wanted to know why people stayed in Linden."

By Cristiana Shipma
July 16, 2014
What My Ten Weeks in Linden Taught Me
What My Ten Weeks in Linden Taught Me

As my time in Linden draws to a close, a bit of reflection is in order. A cliché question is in order, one that I have asked myself several times the last couple days: how has Living Democracy change me?

By Cristiana Shipma
July 9, 2014
‘Pappa Joe’: The Man Behind the Scenes
‘Pappa Joe’: The Man Behind the Scenes

As the husband of Kathryn Friday (who has been mayor, high school principal and is now Marengo County Extension Coordinator), it seems that Joe Friday has little room to make his own impact in Linden. That’s far from the truth.

By Cristiana Shipma
July 3, 2014
Living in Linden: 20 Things That The South Has Taught Me
Living in Linden: 20 Things That The South Has Taught Me

Though I hail from the northern part of Alabama, I’ve realized that there’s a lot about the living in a small town in the South that is still foreign to me. During my ten weeks in Linden I’ve heard new phrases, learned news things about life in small towns and eaten foods I’ve never eaten before. And it has been one of the best experiences of my life.

By Cristiana Shipma

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