There are many things that I miss about rural/small town life. All of the things that used to get on my nerves are the very same things that I miss. That sense of community, people helping one another, and driving down the road and tooting the horn at people-not because of some driving blunder they've committed, but because you know them and they know you.
When I start to feel a bit homesick for my old life I read a few farm blogs. My favorite is Life on the Farm. With their very cool dog (a Komondor), their alpacas and living in Canada-this couple is living my fantasy.
Some other farm blogs that I peruse are:
Arctic Musings-this isn't a farm blog, but an interesting blog all the same
The Farmers Wife
Fragments from Floyd
Linda's Backyard Musings
"Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all." John Greenlea Whittier