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April 19, 2017
Retired snow ranger and wilderness expert will join us at Writing from Nature  - wet day on Isolation

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The Writing from Nature weekend workshop from June 2-4 helps writers in all genres spark new ideas and drafts through immersion in the natural world. Chris Woodside, who has been writing about the backcountry for a quarter century and whose book about Laura Ingalls Wilder came out a few months ago, invites you to her third annual workshop. This year we're at the quiet Cold River Camp whose buildings are clustered in Evans Notch in the northern...

April 5, 2017
Coming April 29: why Danbury, Connecticut was so important to the Little House books - RWL in Wm Holtz

Not everyone realizes that the city of Danbury, Connecticut was an important landscape in the making of the pioneer stories, the Little House books. Laura Ingalls Wilder's daughter and collaborator, Rose Wilder Lane, lived in Danbury for three decades. There, she revised the last of the series. Come hear more about Danbury's connection to the pioneer tale. Chris Woodside will speak and share photos and documents at the Danbury Library, 170 Main Street, on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m.

Rose moved to a house on King Street in Danbury on April 1, 1938. She lived there for most...

March 22, 2017
Procrastination no more - scaled.DSCF2502

It's the time of year when I give up something, something that's hard to give up. My exercise this year is giving up putting off projects or tasks or dreams. I've got a few days of light work between deadlines, so yesterday I organized a chaotic mound of family photographs and documents. This collection spilled out of a huge drawer in an antique chest. Doing the job, I also pulled out 15 boxes of photographs going back two decades. The boxes are organized by year, but they still are rather helter-skelter.

I cringe, paddling my hands through my life in this way, but the...

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