The online magazine Slate has come up with a list of favorite slang words for each of the fifty states, plus the District of Columbia. Some are widely recognized, such as California’s “hella” and Hawaii’s “aloha.” Others are less well-known, such as Connecticut’s “glawackus.”  

RJ Sangosti / The Denver Post

RJ Sangosti spent the past year in high plains communities of Eastern Colorado.  It is a time of struggle for the region.  Years without rain are pushing changes in agriculture, the region’s main industry.  Farms are getting bigger, pushing small farmers out.  Young people are leaving to continue their education, and not returning.  Corporate stores in nearby cities are strangling main street businesses.  Housing values are declining.  

But, a handful remain-the hardy and determined ones.  Enjoy this photographic vignette of life in Eastern Colorado by RJ Sangosti for the Denver Post by going here.