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Do we change, how much do we change, and does it show in our writing?  - 35422B0F-39F2-455C-907B-6651E59CD93C

It is so easy to think of a writing project I’ve kept at my side for years as if it exists in perfection, a static beauty I just must uncover. In reality, an unwritten essay or story contains no form until I make it. And as I change and think in new ways as each month of my life passes,...

October 9, 2017
Gas wells meet wilderness - 4DEE2E32-DE55-4CC9-B0C8-9CE3C5AEC7B3

In most forests in eastern North America, humans’ imprint has shaped the land beyond even what we can imagine. I have just returned from western Pennsylvania, where I visited the edges of the Allegheny National Forest, the United States’s first oil-boom area starting in 1859.

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September 14, 2017
Step forward onto the land: starting new writing - dscf0448

Wendell Berry knows Kentucky, where he has lived, written, and done some farming for most of his more than eight decades on earth. When one knows a place deeply, one writes about it well. In 2015 while being...

September 5, 2017
Ideas come from trees - IMG_1717

 I started walking in the woods as a way to write more honestly about 15 years ago, after my father died.  I already knew at that point that getting onto a forest path, alone, helped me sort out what I think. But I was still in the mode then of putting off the time in my life...

August 24, 2017
Studies! - arizona-state-university-simplifies-the-dorm-move-in-process

When's a good time for graduate school? Right now. I've started a history master's program at Arizona State University. The lectures and discussions are all online. I work out of my Connecticut office and take one course every seven and a...

June 16, 2017
On paperback prefaces - LauraIngallsWilder._V138605067_

I'm in my favorite retreat spot this week, Randolph, New Hampshire, holed up in front of a vista of Mount Madison and Mount Adams, writing a preface for the paperback edition of Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books...

May 15, 2017
The link between walking and creativity - 2014-05-24 11.31.56

Some years ago, Chris felt a calling to reach a class about walking and writing. The Green Street Arts Center in Middletown, Connecticut agreed to let her try it. She called the class Writing in Motion. Writing from Motion evolved into ...

Missouri, Iowa, Montreal
Appearances for Libertarians on the Prairie - Item7maybe-RWL-137

Libertarians on the Prairie, Chris's biography of the secret coauthors of the Little House on the Prairie books, continues to get out there. She will give a keynote...

April 5, 2017
Danbury, Connecticut and 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...

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...

Coming on Saturday, March 18

This workshop is for anyone who has ever felt called to write, but didn't know how to get started. Chris  will lead participants through a series of exercises to get in touch with the creative spirit and allow the words to flow. Workshop will include lunch.

Saturday, March 18...

December 21, 2016
A misbehaving horse's lesson - IMG_0724

I took riding lessons for a few years, starting at age 49. At first I had no instincts. I lacked courage, and the horse knew it. I sometimes praised a misbehaving horse, hoping he would behave soon. He would turn the opposite direction from what I’d just directed—to test me—and...

December 1, 2016
Walking into new ideas: 2017 workshop set for June 2-4 - IMG_0689

I published Libertarians on the Prairie this fall after many years of work. At various points over the past 15 years, I doubted I would be able to finish it. But through the help...

November 17, 2016
Laura Ingalls Wilder as a Voter - Alf Landon 1936

Laura Ingalls Wilder devotees asked themselves last week how Laura might have voted in the recent election. I don't think I have to answer that directly. Laura was approaching her later years when women were granted the vote. But assuming that she did go to the polls in her lifetime, let...

September 5, 2016
Testimonials on Writing from Nature workshop - image

Here are a few elements writers liked about the second annual Writing From Nature workshop:

"Tailoring to different genres and skill levels."

"The venue was quiet and undisturbed."

"Positive, encouraging vibe...

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