Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Garst Family, Hybrid Corn, and the Khrushchev Visit

 This iconic photo makes a great album cover:  Jimmy Smith • Back At The Chicken Shack • 1960 Photo source: Bolshevik Mean Girls As freshmen at Coe College, my daughter and the great-grandson of Iowa’s most famous farmer met via a Spanish class. All … Continue reading

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The Story of Annie D. by Susan Taylor Chehak

From the first sentence, this novel hooked me. Chapter One: There was no way Daniel Shires could have known that the river which cut so conveniently through the eight acres of Nebraska farmland that he chose to homestead back in 1859 was only … Continue reading

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“Alive” (a letter to Neil Gaiman) (Cancer, a faceless fugitive from justice)

Lindy Moone, what a tribute to your sister! Breaks my heart!   Here’s Gretchen — how I will always remember her. The Mona Lisa of the family.  She was beautiful inside and out, generous, compassionate, empathetic and smart as a whip. … Continue reading

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Author Tweet Groups

Originally posted on writerchristophfischer:
Each of your tweets only reaches a fraction of your followers. One way to reach a wider audience on twitter is the re-tweeting culture. People re-tweet tweets whose contents are related to their own, a favour…

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Dinosaur Death Pit (think you’re having a bad day?) and the “Table of Mystery and Despair”

I thought I was having a rough week. Here’s a perspective builder: Millions of years ago, a Jurassic creaure, maybe a Stegosaurus, blundered into the muck of a drying lake bed in search of a drink. He got stuck there and died.  The carnage attracted … Continue reading

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The Fool Rules: “Magic Times” by Harvey Click

Ah, just look at him, in his jester hat, his snug, tattered jeans and red shirt – okay, he could use a little harlequin, but the effect is complete with that hat. And the way he walks in traffic. The … Continue reading

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Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

      Jennifer Messing writes in The California Journal of Women Writers (TCJWW): As a long revered trait, Indian women grew their hair thick and long. In order to be “tamed,” women’s hair was also subject to scrutiny, “Little girls … Continue reading

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