Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday

It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday today. She and I don’t see eye to eye on everything (notably: she didn’t believe that the government should help out struggling folks during the Great Depression, as HER family didn’t have “handouts” available when she was growing up. Argh.), but the fact is, she defined my childhood. Her […]

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Friday and Zombies

Last night, I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle before bed.  Naturally, then, I dreamed about the zombie apocalypse.  My friends and I were at my parents’ house in Minnesota, which is on a lake.  The lake was frozen, and we stood on the shore, watching trucks drive across the ice.  We knew the drivers […]

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History Worth Shouting About

I tend to think of history as one of those long ropes we were forced to hold on to during kindergarten field trips.  When one kid tripped or veered sharply in one direction, we were all tugged after her.  In short, no one could move without impacting the rest of the group. While “rope theory” […]

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Snowmageddon

Isn’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?  I’ve been waiting for a blizzard like this for most of my life.  Ever since I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter,” as a matter of fact.  Though I do hope that I won’t have to resort to burning hay and eating nothing but bread […]

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