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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 when I would act on thoughts.   The day my father died, he told me about a conversation he’d had with someone at work who’d asked him—because Dad was always telling stories—if he had ever done much writing. “No, but my daughter is trying...

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 half weeks. My first course is North American History. We're designing our own history survey courses. 

I hope that I can get used to the distractions of setting up the online systems. Then block out time for reading all of the real books I'm assigned. For this, I have a few nice...

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. And drafting a keynote speech for the Laurapalooza conference next month in Springfield, Missouri. Going to Missouri, near where Laura lived for six decades, fills me with excitement and trepidation. Rose Wilder Lane is not particularly remembered in her home state, and those who do know...

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