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Monica Potts
Writing from rural Arkansas during the pandemic
Created 01 Apr 2020
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  • What Happened in Virginia
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Yesterday, Virginia elected a new governor, Glenn Youngkin, a Republican. He’ll be the first Republican governor in eight years, a reversal of recent trends showing Virginia shifting blue. Republicans...
  • On Healing
    20 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    There’s a story, probably apocryphal, about Margaret Mead, likely the most well-known American anthropologist outside of academic circles and a public figure in the 1960s and 70s. According to the sto...
  • Finding Empathy in the Wake of Delta
    01 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    We are finally on the tail end of the Covid delta spike in the United States. At least, I think we are. Cases and hospitalizations are declining in Arkansas, and across much of the U.S., down from a l...
  • It's Time to be Mean
    01 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    Yesterday, I saw a Facebook post* from a teacher at my former high school urging people to get vaccinated. She shared an article from The Atlantic, along with information about the science behind the ...
  • No Choice is Completely Personal
    27 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Last week, The Atlantic published my article about vaccine resistance and hesitancy in my hometown and home state. I went into reporting this with the idea that vaccine reluctance was more complicated...
  • Is it Time to Mandate Vaccines?
    09 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    I have been loudly complaining for some time about the dismal Covid vaccination rates in my home county, in rural Arkansas. Our full vaccination rate is at 29.6 percent, a share of the population that...
  • Revisiting the Insurrection
    07 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Last week, The New York Times released a 40-minute video of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol. Using footage from filmmakers, the rioters themselves, law enforcement body cams, and graphics an...
  • Words and Their Meanings
    03 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    I’ve been thinking about language lately. Really, since I moved back home. It’s not so much the return to my vocabulary of useful words and phrases like y’all and fixin’ to, or even the slow, steady s...
  • On the End of Unemployment
    23 May 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Next month, Arkansas will end its enhanced unemployment program. This means an end not only to the extra $300 extra each unemployed person collects with their weekly payment, but also the programs tha...
  • Please Get Vaccinated
    28 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    Have you been missing this in your Gmail inbox? Check your promotions folder. A little less than a quarter of Arkansans are fully or partially vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Tuesday. That puts us b...
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