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September 15, 2015
Retreat over, have emerged - Madison and Adams clouds

I retreated to Randolph, New Hamphire. For two weeks. I wrote and edited chapters of my next book, Libertarians on the Prairie. I revised and printed out. I revised again and printed out again. I looked at Mount Madison and Mount Adams, visible from my writing table. At around day ten, I encountered a headwind in my mind, and I could not think about my book. So I went into town for breakfast and began driving around rural Shelburne, where the Appalachian Trail crosses Route 2 shortly before the Maine border. Three thru-hikers (hiking from Georgia to Maine) were hitchhiking,...

August 21, 2015
Back from the Mountains - 11889642_10153590332619433_1052328457657306392_n

Early this week, my husband Nat, daughters Elizabeth and Annie, and Elizabeth's boyfriend, Greg, hiked up to Mount Garfield in the White Mountains and stayed at Garfield Ridge Campsite. Sixteen mountains in the United States are named after the president who was assassinated one year into his presidency in 1881. This one, although smaller than many of them, is one of the more impressive peaks in the Whites. The lichen and moss seem to pop off the rocks, and the view extends fully around when one is lucky enough to get a clear one.

I'm busy with work this summer and so this...

July 16, 2015
Laura Ingalls Wilder devotees follow details - IMG_0020

I am at a conference of Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiasts. It's called Laurapalooza. This name injects a lighter air to reality. Roughly 160 followers of the humble inspiration oin the Little House books research every lead they find leading toward what actually happened to the Ingalls family (Laura's parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, sisters, and more), Wilders, and—yes—Laura and Almanzo's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. I expected that some of these diehard enthusiasts for Laura's would greet the news that I'm writing about the truth of Laura's...

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