Cathy M. Cronkhite fled her small Indiana hometown as soon as possible, ending up in San Francisco and its digital economy.
Upon a visit to her farm family, she rediscovered the unbreakable bonds of home, as Wall Street Journal writer Michael M. Phllips relates in one of the best newspaper feature articles I've read in a while.
Phillips' piece on the front page of Saturday's WSJ combined strong reporting and simple yet gripping writing reminiscent of the best magazine work.
The article had no news hook or earth-shaking revelations. The 27-year-old Cronkhite's common story touched upon the decline of America's small towns and rural economy, the shortcomings of American public education, the economic and social handicaps faced by girls and young women and how they can be overcome with ambition and intelligence, and the deep ties to home and childhood.
While the Wall Street Journal's editorial page is more and more a propaganda sheet for the GOP and Donald Trump, the newspaper's news and culture coverage displays strong writing, reporting and editing. The Saturday WSJ, with its Review and leisure sections, gives an informative and entertaining newspaper experience.