My small town newspaper is a gem. It comes out once a week and is always loaded with beauties. It's a wealth of name resources, story ideas, and weird trivia. For many years in the fall we'd have the photo of the "potato that looks like ___________ (insert random thing here)". There'd be the smiling face of some elder with a lumpy looking potato that rarely looked like the mysterious thing. (My favorite was potato in form of modern art!)
In hunting season there are pictures of young children proudly displaying their first kill. My favorite, though, was a picture an artist friend of mine sent in of a mouse he'd captured in his studio. He held it by the tail and wrote an article that matched the "young children kill large animals" articles, even going into detail about the type of mouse trap used to bag his game and how safe his wife now is.
Our letters to the editor page is always an eye-opener. There are the usual letter writers, far right and far left politically, and the maelstrom happening over whatever the current issue is either locally or nationally. It's hard to take either side seriously, though on occasion some new writer will lend their voice, inevitably making us all question "who are they?", "do we know them?" Luckily our paper does not have the Rants & Raves column like the neighboring county's does. This anonymous column is kind of like a print version of Twitter for Haters (Rants), and the rare Complimenter (Raves). Shudder. They are always bashing the school system where I teach.
And if you're a playlist person, here's the play list I'm currently listening to for it, keep in mind it's still a draft playlist - Alabama Chrome is the song that is setting the overall tone for me if you only have time for one song. I'm looking toward summer to start drafting.
Finally, don't forget to pop around and visit the other writers talking about what inspires them this week. You'll find the list HERE